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  • Writer's pictureRon Kotrba

Phillips 66 hydrotreater conversion in Rodeo, California, to be complete mid-year


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Phillips 66 posted a loss of more than half a-billion dollars in Q4, $539 million, which was less than its Q3 loss of nearly $800 million, the company reported in late January.


“2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges,” said Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. “Looking ahead, we are optimistic about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccines on the economic recovery, as well as opportunities for value creation across our portfolio, including investments in a lower-carbon future. We remain committed to disciplined capital allocation and a strong balance sheet.”


The oil company announced it is moving forward with plans to convert the San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to manufacture renewable diesel. Phillips 66 will complete its diesel hydrotreater conversion in mid-2021, which will produce 120 MMgy of renewable diesel.


It expects full conversion of the refinery to be complete in early 2024, allowing production of 800 MMgy of renewable diesel. According to Phillips 66, the conversion is expected to reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent and help California meet its low-carbon objectives.


Phillips 66 also highlighted its recent formation of an emerging energy organization, a group charged with establishing a lower-carbon business platform that delivers attractive returns. It will focus on opportunities within Phillips 66’s portfolio, such as Rodeo Renewed (the San Francisco Refinery conversion to renewable diesel), as well as commercializing emerging energy technologies for a sustainable future.

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