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Topsoe to license fuel technology to HollyFrontier’s renewable diesel unit

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HollyFrontier has selected Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex sustainable renewable fuel technology to produce renewable diesel from various feedstocks at the company’s renewable diesel unit, at the Artesia refinery in New Mexico, US.

Under an agreement with HollyFrontier subsidiary Artesia Renewable Diesel Company, Topsoe will license and supply basic engineering, proprietary equipment, catalysts and technical services.

The project is based on HydroFlex, an industry-proven Topsoe technology that produces renewable fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, from renewable feedstocks. The contract was awarded following an in-depth feasibility study, involving competing technologies.

“We are very proud that a market leader such as HollyFrontier has chosen HydroFlex for their strategic expansion into renewable fuels,” said Henrik Rasmussen, vice-president of Haldor Topsoe. “HydroFlex is the preferred choice for refiners leading the industry transition into producing renewable fuels.”

HydroFlex can be deployed in grassroots units, as well as revamps, for co-processing or standalone applications.

HollyFrontier announced plans to build a renewable diesel unit at its refinery in Artesia in November 2019. The unit is expected to have an annual production capacity of approximately 125 million gallons, enabling the company to process soybean oil and other renewable feedstocks into renewable diesel.

The facility will help meet demand for low-carbon fuels, while covering the costs of HollyFrontier’s annual Renewable Identification purchase obligation.