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BP to use Honeywell’s Ecofining™ technology to produce SAF at 5 sites in US, Europe and Australia

BP's Cherry Point refinery in Washington state, where a biofuels production facility is planned to help make SAF (Photo: Honeywell)

Honeywell announced May 31 that BP has selected Honeywell’s Ecofining™ technology to help support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at five BP facilities across the globe.

Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology will be installed at the following BP sites: Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington; Rotterdam II refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Lingen refinery in Lower Saxony, Germany; Castellón de la Plana refinery in Castellón, Spain; and Kwinana Oil refinery in Kwinana, Australia.

According to Honeywell, Ecofining is a proven, ready-now technology and its simplified design provides BP a capital- and cost-efficient solution to increase BP’s SAF production from renewable feedstock.

It will help BP achieve its aim to supply 20 percent of the SAF market globally by 2030.

SAF produced from Honeywell’s Ecofining technology is certified for use according to international standards.

It can be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications and currently can be used in blends of up to 50 percent with the remainder as conventional fossil-based jet fuel.

“BP has an established global biofuels business that is positioned for rapid growth utilizing Honeywell’s technology,” said Nigel Dunn, senior vice president of biofuels growth at BP. “The world’s demand for SAF is set to increase dramatically and BP seeks to play an important role in helping airlines to decarbonize.”

Lucian Boldea, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, added, “Demand for Ecofining has more than doubled in the last two years, and Honeywell has now licensed 35 Ecofining plants around the world with a total production capacity in excess of 400,000 barrels (16.8 million gallons) per day. Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its Ecofining process, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016. The Honeywell UOP Ecofining process, developed in conjunction with Eni, converts nonedible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to renewable diesel and SAF, and can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions up to 80 percent when compared to the emissions from fossil fuels.”

Honeywell stated that it now offers solutions across a range of feedstocks to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable fuels, including SAF.

In addition to Honeywell UOP Ecofining, Honeywell’s renewable fuels portfolio includes ethanol-to-jet technology and the recently announced Honeywell UOP eFining™, which converts green hydrogen and carbon dioxide into eFuels.

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 GHG 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.

About 60 percent of Honeywell’s 2022 new product introduction research and development investment was directed toward ESG-oriented outcomes for customers.


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