ABB to support Canadian refiner to turn oil facility into renewable fuel site

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ABB has been selected by Braya Renewable Fuels to support the transformation of the idled Come By Chance oil refinery into a new renewable fuels production centre.
This facility is located in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Braya Renewable Fuels is focused on powering the decarbonised future of the heavy transportation sector and is seeking to complete the phase one conversion project and begin producing renewable diesel later this year.
It will have an initial nameplate production capacity of up to 18,000 barrels per day.
Following majority acquisition by Cresta Fund Management, a US based private equity firm, the Come By Chance site became the first asset of Braya Renewable Fuels, and is currently being transformed to utilise renewable feedstock.
The facility will convert used cooking oil, corn oil and animal fat into renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The conversion to renewable diesel production requires a significant upgrade to the facility’s existing automation technology, which dates to the 1980s. To ensure optimum efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing operations, ABB will deploy its market-leading ABB Ability™ 800xA distributed control system.
Braya has also commissioned three of ABB’s advanced Extended Operator Workplace (EOW) platforms for its new control room, enabling 360-degree visibility of plant processes and improved communications solutions for operators.
“ABB showed a clear understanding of the main business drivers for our world class conversion project, most importantly to enable the refinery with state-of-the-art controls and automation technology while meeting our required schedule to be up and running in Q3 2022,” said Reed Maxson, at Braya. “Their proven approach to project execution, supported by a local presence and service function, set them apart in our selection process for this ambitious refinery transformation project.”