NEXT Renewable Fuels selects Honeywell UOP Ecofining for Oregon biorefinery
In the United States (US), NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc., (NEXT) has announced that it has selected Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining technology to convert renewable feedstocks into renewable diesel and related biochemical co‐products for its planned renewable diesel biorefinery in Oregon.
According to a statement, the Ecofining process is a versatile solution for producing renewable diesel from a range of sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO), animal tallows and inedible corn oil. Ecofining will allow NEXT customers to meet regulatory compliance obligations for renewable energy content in the transportation fuels sector, and to produce high‐quality fuels that can enhance the quality of petroleum-based fuels.
NEXT’s fuels are second‐generation advanced biofuels made from 100 percent renewable feedstocks. As “drop‐in” replacement fuels they are chemically identical to the petroleum‐based fuels they replace and although blendable in any proportion, there is no need to blend them with conventional fossil diesel fuels.
The company is focused on the development and production of second‐generation advanced biofuels, including renewable diesel, renewable propane and renewable naphtha to supply contracted off‐take agreements for customers in the western United States and Canada. NEXT is currently developing a 600 million US gallon (≈ 2.27 billion litre) per annum facility at Port Westward in Clatskanie, Oregon
Approximately 430 million barrels of biofuels are currently produced each year in the United States. Worldwide demand is projected to reach 600 million barrels per year within the next 15 years.
Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining technology has been successfully deployed at multiple locations globally and currently is used to produce about 30 percent of the global supply of renewable diesel fuels. With the addition of NEXT’s planned capacity, the Ecofining process will account for over 50 percent of the global supply of these fuels.