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Tuesday 21 March, 2006

D1 Oils Plc

D1 First Jatropha Biodiesel

D1 Oils Plc
21 March 2006


RNS Release


                                                                  March 21, 2006


                   D1 Oils Produces First Jatropha Biodiesel



D1 Oils plc (D1), the UK-based global producer of biodiesel from renewable
energy crops, has processed the first 20 tonnes of biodiesel from jatropha oil
using its proprietary D1 20 refinery. The crude jatropha oil, sourced by D1 from
China, was refined by the D1 20 refinery using continuous 24x7 processing. The
refining was carried out at the D1 20 test refinery site in Nateby, Lancashire.
The biodiesel produced meets the European EN14214 standard.


The D1 20 refinery has now successfully completed test refining of rapeseed,
soy, palm and jatropha feedstocks. The trials have also demonstrated the
capabilities of D1's preprocessing units designed to handle a wide range of food
and non-food grade vegetable oils. D1's preprocessing and degumming units
successfully removed the free fatty acid (FFA) and phospholipids present in the
jatropha oil enabling the final biodiesel to meet the EN14214 standard. The D1
20 refinery will shortly be relocated to D1's new refinery site in
Middlesbrough, where another D1 20 is already installed.


Jatropha curcas, a tree that grows in Africa, South East Asia and India, is D1's
biodiesel feedstock of choice. Jatropha seeds produce a high yield of vegetable
oil that can be refined into biodiesel.

Elliott Mannis, D1's Chief Executive Officer, said: 'This is the first time that
jatropha biodiesel has been produced in the UK and is proof of D1's chemical
engineering skills. Following our successful refining trials of rapeseed, soy
and palm, the production of jatropha biodiesel proves that our proprietary
refining and preprocessing technology is capable of dealing with a range of
potential food and non-food grade feedstocks. We have now demonstrated that
jatropha has the potential, when it becomes available in volume from our
overseas planting operations, to be an alternative biodiesel feedstock for the
UK and European markets. '


Contacts:


D1 Oils:
Graham Prince, Communications Director
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 323840


Brunswick Group:
Helen Barnes, Associate Partner
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 5959


Notes to Editors


D1 Oils plc is a UK-based global producer of biodiesel from renewable energy
crops. We are building a global supply chain and network that is sustainable and
delivers value from 'earth-to-engine'. Our operations cover agronomy, refining
and trading. We are pioneering the science, planting and production of inedible
vegetable oils; we design, build, own, operate and market biodiesel refineries;
and we source, transport and trade seeds and seedlings, seedcake, crude
vegetable oils and biodiesel. Our vision is to be the world's leading biodiesel
business.




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