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Repsol produces first batch of biojet in Tarragona

Spain-headed oil and multi-energy major Repsol S.A has announced that it has successfully produced the first batch of biofuel for aviation at its industrial complex in Tarragona, Spain. With this milestone, the company advances in the manufacture of fuels with a low-carbon footprint for sectors, such as aviation, where alternatives like electrification are difficult to implement.

Repsol’s Tarragona Complex consists of a number of facilities that produce a wide range of petroleum products and fuels for industry and transportation. After the improvements made in recent years, refining capacity in Tarragona stands at 186 000 barrels of oil per day. The company has successfully produced the first batch of biofuel for aviation  (photo courtesy Repsol).

Production of this fuel took place at the Repsol Industrial Complex in Tarragona and is the second Repsol facility to produce biojet. In August 2020,  the company produced its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the Puertollano Industrial Complex – the first in Spain positioning Repsol as a pioneer.

The Tarragona batch consisted of 10 000 tonnes of aviation fuel had a bio-content of just under 5 percent. In addition, numerous tests were conducted to determine the most appropriate biofuel concentration and the most appropriate production unit to manufacture it.

More batches will be manufactured at the group’s other industrial complexes in Spain as part of its overall decarbonization strategy. Repsol also has initiatives underway for the manufacture of low-emissions fuels based on residues at its sites including a 250 000 tonnes-per-annum advanced biofuels plant at its refinery in Cartagena.

The company has already rolled out initiatives for energy efficiency, low-emissions electricity generation, renewable hydrogen, circular economy initiatives, synthetic fuels, and carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, use, and storage (CCUS).

In November 2020, Repsol presented its Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 which outlines the company’s transition in coming years and entails an acceleration in the energy transition in order to continue progressing successfully towards the goal of becoming a net-zero emissions company by 2050.

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