• Ron Kotrba

Shell contracts engineering firm Worley for its renewable diesel, SAF plant in the Netherlands


Royal Dutch Shell plc has chosen Worley to provide detailed design and procurement services to support the development of its renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) biorefinery at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands, formerly known as the Pernis refinery. Shell first announced the project in September and made a final investment decision earlier this month.

The facility, which is expected to start production in 2024, will produce approximately 275 million gallons a year of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel from certified-sustainable vegetable oil feedstocks such as rapeseed and recycled inputs like used cooking oil and animal fats using its own technology.

“The new hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) plant we are building is a major investment, vital to Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam’s path to net zero,” said Jos van Winsen, general manager of the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.


Shell has also awarded Worley an early engineering services contract to support the development of a new 200-megawatt electrolysis-based hydrogen plant at the Pernis refinery. According to Worley, once complete in 2023, the green-hydrogen project will be one of the largest commercial green-hydrogen facilities in the world, producing approximately 50,000 to 60,000 kilograms of hydrogen per day, with renewable energy expected to be provided by the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm. Shell’s Holland Hydrogen I project will be located on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A final investment decision will be made later this year.

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