Honeywell has revealed that PBF Energy is to use its Ecofining technology for a potential renewable diesel project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana.
PBF is currently evaluating the conversion of an idle hydrocracking unit at the plant to a single-stage Ecofining unit that if built would produce 20,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel fuel.
A final investment decision by PBF is expected in the coming months.
The process produces Honeywell Green Diesel fuel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no engine modifications.
“If we decide to go forward with this project, UOP’s Ecofining technology will enable us to create value by repurposing an idle process unit to produce renewable diesel before competitors get their units online,” said Matt Lucey, president of PBF Energy. “This project would also maximise the benefits of Chalmette’s strategic Gulf Coast location with excellent water, rail, and truck access to domestic and global markets with the strongest demand for renewable diesel, enabling us to realize highest rates of return.”
“With current demand for renewable fuels especially strong domestically, PBF Energy is well positioned with its Chalmette facility to contribute to the growth of sustainable biofuels,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “Customers such as PBF Energy trust UOP to convert existing process units to renewable diesel and jet fuel production, so they can comply with more stringent regulations while saving costs and space for equipment.”
The Ecofining process is used in most of the 100%-biofeed units producing renewable diesel -- and all of the licensed renewable jet fuel production -- in the world today.
Based in North America, PBF Energy is one of the largest independent petroleum refiners and suppliers of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oils, lubricants, petrochemical feedstocks, and other petroleum products.
The company has refining operations in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.
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