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CVR Energy picks Haldor Topsoe technology for Wynnewood renewable diesel conversion project

CVR Energy Inc. has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology for the retrofitting of an existing hydrocracker at its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, petroleum refinery to produce 100 MMgy of renewable diesel from soybean oil. In December, CVR Energy’s full board of directors approved the $110 million project.

“By leveraging assets already in place, particularly the existing hydrocracker unit and underutilized hydrogen plant at our Wynnewood refinery, we believe we can deliver one of the lowest-cost renewable diesel projects in the industry,” said Dave Lamp, CEO and president of CVR Energy.

Haldor Topsoe will deliver basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment and catalyst for its HydroFlex technology.

“This proven technology is the preferred choice for refiners leading the industry adaptation of renewable fuels, and it is a privilege to add yet another U.S. project to our portfolio in line with Topsoe’s vision to be recognized as the world leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024,” said Henrik Rasmussen, managing director of Haldor Topsoe’s Americas division.

Haldor Topsoe says its process technology provides refiners with lower capital expenses, operating expenses and better carbon intensity score for its renewable diesel. HydroFlex can be installed in both greenfield and retrofit applications for coprocessing or standalone production of renewable diesel.

Construction work has begun on the project in Wynnewood and completion is targeted for July.

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