• Ron Kotrba

Sulzer supplying pumps for Shell’s renewable diesel, SAF plant in Rotterdam


The Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where Shell is transforming refining assets to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel. (Photo: Shell)

Sulzer has been selected by Shell to supply pumps for its new renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility under construction in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Shell’s new plant will be capable of producing approximately 275 million gallons per year of biofuel, including renewable diesel and SAF, once complete in 2024.


Sulzer’s pumps will support critical processes at the facility, dubbed the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park.


The company is providing high-pressure barrel pumps in both inline and back-to-back configurations.


“These feature a highly robust design and offer industry-leading performance,” Sulzer stated. “The pumps will support central processes at the facility, including providing boiler feedwater to create steam and drive the steam-turbine generator.”

Once fully operational, the fuels produced at Shell’s new plant will help eliminate 2.8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to removing 1 million European cars off the road. The project is also a key component for Shell in reaching its goal of becoming net-zero by 2050.


“We are excited to be supporting this landmark decarbonization initiative,” said Frédéric Lalanne, CEO of the Sulzer group and president of Sulzer’s flow-equipment division. “As a leading global pump manufacturer, our experience and engineering expertise means that we can design and develop technically advanced solutions to support any application. We are proud to deliver pump technologies to help our customers as they aim to reduce their own CO2 emissions and create a more sustainable world.”

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