bp selects Honeywell’s Ecofining technology for new diesel and sustainable aviation fuels project in Australia

bp and Honeywell have signed a license agreement for Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining technology. bp is undergoing pre-feed engineering for its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) diesel project in Western Australia. bp plans to convert hydrotreating equipment at its former refinery site in Kwinana, Australia, to produce approximately 10,000 barrels per day (kbd) of diesel and SAF from renewable feeds, integrating with its existing terminal operations.

bp announced in October 2020 that it would cease fuel production at its Kwinana refinery and convert it to an import terminal, helping to ensure the continued security of Western Australia’s fuel supply.

Kwinana Refinery

The refinery supplied fuels to Western Australia for 65 years. However, the continued growth of large-scale, export-oriented refineries across Asia and the Middle East has structurally changed the Australian market, bp noted at the time.

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

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

The UOP Ecofining process, developed in collaboration with Eni SpA, converts inedible natural oils, animal fats and other waste raw materials into diesel and SAF. Both products offer improved performance over commercial petroleum-based diesel and aviation fuels.

Honeywell recently committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. Approximately half of Honeywell’s research and development investment in new product introductions is directed to products that improve outcomes environmental and social for customers.

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