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BP selects Honeywell’s Ecofining technology for Australian clean fuels project

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BP and Honeywell have signed a licensing agreement for Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ technology. BP is undergoing pre-FEED engineering for its proposed diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in Western Australia. The company plans to convert hydroprocessing equipment at its former refinery site in Kwinana, Australia, to produce approximately 10 000 bpd diesel and SAF from renewable feeds, integrating with its existing terminal operations.

Revamping to Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process is expected to provide a fast-to-market, capital efficient solution, ideal for repurposing underutilised hydroprocessing units to produce diesel and SAF from renewable feeds, which have substantially similar molecules to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuel and can be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications, in the case of SAF in blends of up to 50% with the remainder as conventional jet fuel.

Depending on feedstock choice, diesel and SAF produced from the Ecofining process is expected to result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional diesel or aviation fuel from petroleum. Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its UOP Ecofining process, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016.

Justin Nash, Senior Manager Cities & Corporate said “BP is excited to be progressing this project as part of its ambition to develop an integrated energy hub at the Kwinana site. BP has strong track record as an energy provider to Western Australia, and this diesel and SAF project will leverage existing infrastructure, including former refining assets, storage and distribution facilities and a team with extensive operational capabilities and experience.”

“We are proud BP selected Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining technology and look forward to the progression of BP’s project in Australia”, said Ben Owens, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “The UOP Ecofining process enables flexibility for processing many types of waste and crop oil feedstocks. We look forward to working with BP on their diesel and SAF project using renewable feedstock in Australia.”

The process, developed in conjunction with Eni SpA, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to diesel and SAF. Both products offer improved performance over commercial petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. Approximately half of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

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