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  • Writer's pictureRon Kotrba

Worley awarded 2 major contracts in US, UK

Worley has been contracted by Phillips 66 Ltd. for front-end engineering services on a carbon-capture facility at its Humber Refinery in the U.K., shown here. (Photo: David Lee Photography Ltd. via Phillips 66 Ltd.)

Australia-based Worley, a global provider of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors, announced in late May that it has been awarded two major contracts related to renewable diesel and carbon capture in the U.S. and U.K.

In the U.S., Heartwell Renewables LLC, a joint venture between Cargill Inc. and The Love’s Family of Companies, awarded Worley a contract covering detailed and field engineering services for its greenfield renewable diesel plant in Hastings, Nebraska. Cargill first announced the project in April 2021. The new plant will produce an estimated 80 million gallons of renewable diesel per year from feedstocks such as tallow and vegetable oil. Worley’s services will be executed in Houston, Texas, with support from its Global Integrated Delivery team in India. The team will use a full suite of digital tools during project delivery.

“We look forward to working with Heartwell on this important contract that will contribute to our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world,” said Chris Ashton, CEO of Worley.

In the U.K., Worley has been awarded an early front-end engineering services contract for a carbon-capture facility at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, where the company produces renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

“We’ll be working with Phillips 66 Ltd. to integrate Shell’s carbon-capture technology—CANSOLV—into the refinery and design the infrastructure required to export the carbon dioxide into the proposed transport and storage network,” Worley stated.

Brad Andrews, president at Worley, said, “We’ve been working at the Humber Refinery for more than two decades, and we look forward to collaborating with Phillips 66 and Shell on this significant project to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions at scale.”

According to Worley, the Humber region produces 40 percent of the U.K.’s industrial carbon emissions. The project supports Humber Zero, a first-of-a-kind project, and puts the Humber Refinery on track to become the first refinery in the world to reduce its carbon emissions using CANSOLV. This could provide a model for decarbonizing refineries and make a significant impact on the U.K.’s net-zero ambitions, Worley stated.

“CANSOLV will be deployed to capture carbon produced in the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process,” Worley stated. “The technology has the potential to capture at least 95 percent of the CO2 in the FCC flue gas, compressing it before the gas is transported to be safely stored under the North Sea.”

Humber Refinery General Manager Darren Cunningham, the lead executive for Phillips 66 in the U.K., described the project as “hugely significant” from a technology perspective.

“There are more than 300 FCCs in the world,” Cunningham said. “We would be developing technology that has the potential to decarbonize them. We’re looking forward to working with the Shell team, which brings a huge amount of carbon capture experience to the table, and with Worley, delivering this important project to the region.”

The projected start-up of the carbon-capture facility is expected in 2027.


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