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  • Writer's pictureRon Kotrba

Tidewater selects Haldor Topsoe technologies for renewable diesel production in western Canada

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Tidewater's Prince George Refinery (Photo: Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.)

Haldor Topsoe is supplying its HydroFlex renewable diesel process technology for Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure’s 46 million gallon per year standalone project, to be built at its existing Prince George petroleum refinery in British Columbia, Canada. The contract signing was announced April 15. Tidewater unveiled the project in March.

In addition to its HydroFlex technology, Haldor Topsoe will also supply H2bridge for renewable hydrogen production on-site. Hydrogen is necessary for the hydrotreating process. H2bridge replaces fossil fuel with renewable LPG or naphtha to produce renewable hydrogen, driving down greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon intensity (CI) of the fuels produced via its HydroFlex process.

Haldor Topsoe will deliver engineering, license, proprietary equipment and catalyst for the two technologies.

“We are proud that Tidewater has chosen our HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for their new renewable diesel facility,” said Henrik Rasmussen, managing director of Haldor Topsoe in the Americas. “This is a testimony of our ability to deliver market-leading, low carbon emission solutions to the refinery industry.”

Joel MacLeod, Tidewater chairman and CEO, said, “Tidewater is excited to progress our effort in carbon reduction through the development of our renewable initiatives. Topsoe’s technology will contribute to our ability to support our customers with significantly less carbon intensive products.”

According to Haldor Topsoe, its renewable diesel technology provides refiners with lower capex, opex and CI scores, and higher yield. HydroFlex can be utilized in greenfield and retrofit projects for coprocessing or standalone applications.

Construction work is expected to begin soon, “contingent upon receipt of Tidewater’s final investment decision,” according to Haldor Topsoe. The renewable diesel plant could begin operations in 2023.

The facility will also feature a pretreatment unit to provide Tidewater feedstock flexibility.

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