Shell has announced plans to manufacture sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at its Rhineland refinery in Germany.
The company is also aiming to set up its first commercial Bio-PTL (power-to-liquid) plant.
Shell and its partners, ITM Power, ITM Linde Electrolysis and Linde, are applying for funding from the EU and Germany.
This is part of a wider plan to transform the site into the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rhineland, including an energy campus, for which the company is currently looking for partners.
“The Rheinland Refinery is the engine and heart of Shell’s activities in Germany and will play a key role in providing products that are increasingly different from our current crude oil-dominated range and that will increasingly convert to regenerative solutions such as synthetic and biofuels as well as green hydrogen,” said refinery director Dr Marco Richrath.
Construction of the PTL system could start in 2023, and commissioning at the end of 2025. The capacity would initially be around 100,000 tons per year.
In Germany, Shell aims to reorganise its business as the energy transition progresses.
To this end, Shell has drawn up a corresponding plan investigating how the company could reduce or offset its greenhouse gas emissions and those that arise when customers use Shell products by over a third within a decade. The refinery plays a key role in this.
Dr Fabian Ziegler, CEO of Shell Deutschland Oil, added: “We will only be able to maintain mobility in the future if it is made more sustainable and road users on the road, on water and in the air can significantly reduce emissions. To make this possible, the product portfolio of the location will and must change significantly.”
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