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McDonald's UAE in venture to make biodiesel from vegetable oil

Gulf Arab nation's first plant licensed to make biodiesel will have an annual output capacity of 1 million litres

McDonald's UAE in venture to make biodiesel from vegetable oil
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McDonald’s UAE and privately held Neutral Fuels formed a joint venture to produce biodiesel using recycled vegetable oil from the fast-food retailer’s outlets in the UAE, the companies said.

The venture includes the Gulf nation’s first plant licensed to make biodiesel, the partners said on Sunday at a news conference in Dubai. The facility will have an annual output capacity of 1 million litres (264,000 gallons), said Karl Feilder, chairman of London-based Neutral Group, the parent of Neutral Fuels.

“We are taking away the need to import diesel,” he said.

McDonald’s UAE, a unit of Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s Corp, uses more than 20,000 liters of vegetable oil at 90 restaurants in the Arab country, managing director Rafic Fakih said. It will convert all its delivery trucks to biodiesel as part of the program. Fakih and Feilder declined to estimate the venture’s cost or the savings they expected it to generate.

The UAE, home to about 7 percent of the world’s oil supply, has invested heavily in clean-energy technology as it seeks to diversify its economy away from crude hydrocarbons.

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