SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) ("Valero") and Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR) ("Darling") announced today that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global low carbon markets, the companies will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project that would grow annual production capacity to 550 million gallons at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, Louisiana. 

The DGD facility is currently undergoing an expansion that will increase annual production capacity from 160 million gallons of renewable diesel to 275 million gallons.  This project is targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2018.

"The new expansion project is progressing well through our development process and is on track for a final decision in 2018," said Joe Gorder, Valero Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "By doubling Diamond Green Diesel's existing production capacity, we have a greater opportunity to serve increased demand while also mitigating some of our biofuel blending costs."

A final decision on the incremental 275 million gallons of annual production capacity is expected in 2018 and will be dependent on further engineering and cost estimates, as well as the status of government regulations.  The proposed expansion would utilize existing DGD infrastructure and be built on property owned by Valero.  If a decision is made to proceed with the proposed expansion, the new capacity would be available in the first half of 2021.  Current DGD operations are not expected to be impacted if the proposed expansion is built.

About Valero Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year.  The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S.  In addition, Valero owns the 2 percent general partner interest and a majority limited partner interest in Valero Energy Partners LP, a midstream master limited partnership.  Valero sells its products in both the wholesale rack and bulk markets, and approximately 7,400 outlets carry Valero's brand names in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland.  Please visit www.valero.com for more information.

About Darling Ingredients Inc. Darling Ingredients Inc. is the world's largest publicly-traded developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries.  With operations on five continents, the Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into broadly used and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides.  The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients.  In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment. For additional information, visit the Company's website at www.darlingii.com.

Safe-Harbor StatementStatements contained in this release that state the company's or management's expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The words "believe," "expect," "should," "estimates," "intend," "targeting," and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements based on numerous factors, including those outside of the company's control, such as delays in construction timing and other factors.  For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see Valero's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other reports filed with the SEC and on Valero's website at www.valero.com, and VLP's annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC and on VLP's website at www.valeroenergypartners.com.

Valero ContactsInvestors:John Locke, Vice President - Investor Relations, 210-345-3077Karen Ngo, Senior Manager - Investor Relations, 210-345-4574Tom Mahrer, Manager - Investor Relations, 210-345-1953

Media:Lillian Riojas, Director - Media Relations and Communications, 210-345-5002

Darling ContactsMelissa Gaither - Vice President Investor Relations and Global Communications, 972-717-0300