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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Commitments
In October 2020, the Company announced that it planned to expand the effective capacity of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery. The Geismar project brings together the planned improvement and expansion project for the existing site. The Geismar project is expected to take total site production capacity from 90 mmgy to 340 mmgy, enhance existing operations and improve operational reliability and logistics. The expansion is expected to be mechanically complete in 2023 with full operations in early 2024. The capital cost for the Geismar project is estimated to be $950,000. In connection with its announced improvement and expansion of our Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery facility, the Company has entered into construction, marine terminal lease, which is expected to commence in August 2023, and other long-lead time contracts for the project. Currently the estimated total future commitments under these contracts amount to approximately $429,982.
The following table outlines the minimum contract commitments related to the executed contracts noted above.
Construction Commitments Minimum Lease Commitments Total Commitments
October 1 - December 31, 2021 $ 21,378  $ —  $ 21,378 
2022 64,398  —  64,398 
2023 17,179  9,083  26,262 
2024 31  21,800  21,831 
2025 —  21,800  21,800 
2026 —  21,800  21,800 
2027 and thereafter —  252,513  252,513 
Total $ 102,986  $ 326,996  $ 429,982 

Contingencies
In the last quarter of 2020, the Company discovered a blending discrepancy in connection with its preparation for a standard IRS audit of its BTC filings. The Company self-reported the findings to the IRS and initiated an investigation overseen by the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. In March 2021, the Company paid to the IRS the $40,505 assessment, excluding interest which was paid in April 2021, to correct the REG Seneca BTC claims (hereafter "BTC Correction"). The Company is working with its customers on BTC re-filings on the relevant gallons to reduce further the BTC Correction, which may include recovering amounts from its customers. There can be no assurances that future reduction to the BTC Correction will occur.
On March 2, 2021, a putative class action lawsuit was filed against the Company and certain of its current and former executive officers in the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of New York. On March 12, 2021, a putative class action lawsuit against the same defendants was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. On June 24, 2021, the two cases were consolidated in the Southern District of New York under the caption In re Renewable Energy Group Securities Litigation, No. 21-cv-1832, and a consolidated amended complaint was filed on July 9, 2021.
The complaint purports to be brought on behalf of shareholders who purchased the Company’s common stock between March 8, 2018 and February 25, 2021, the date on which the Company announced its restatement related to BTC. Plaintiffs allege that defendants made false and misleading statements about the Company’s business, financial results and prospects in violation of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. The complaint seeks unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees, and other costs. The Company denies any and all allegations of wrongdoing and intends to vigorously defend against the litigation.
On July 27, 2021, a stockholder derivative complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware based on allegations substantially similar to those in the class action, and purporting to assert claims on the Company's behalf against current and former officers and directors for alleged violation of Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act, breach of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, and waste of corporate assets. On August 2, 2021, a second stockholder derivative complaint purportedly arising out of the same events and purporting to assert similar claims, was filed in the Supreme Court for the State of New York. Both of these derivative actions have been stayed.
Given the relatively early stages of these matters, the Company is unable to estimate the reasonably possible loss or range of loss, if any, that may result. The Company is also involved in various other legal proceedings in the normal course of business. The Company currently believes that any ultimate liability arising out of such proceedings will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") requested information about the restatement, and the Company cooperated with the SEC. On October 1, 2021, the SEC Staff notified the Company that the Staff terminated its investigation with no enforcement action recommended against the Company, in accordance with SEC guidelines.