Swedish biomass gasification technology developer Cortus Energy AB (Cortus) has announced that it has been contracted to conduct an engineering study for a possible renewable diesel production plant in Norway. The assignment is to be completed before the end of the first half of 2022.
Worth EUR 280 000, the engineering study is on behalf of Biojet AS (Biojet), a project development company in which US-headed energy major ExxonMobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) via its Norwegian subsidiary Esso Norge AS acquired a 49.9 percent stake earlier this year.
We are proud that our resource-efficient gasification process is given the opportunity in such an exciting and important project as Biojet’s production of green diesel in Norway, said Rolf Ljunggren, Founder and VP of Cortus.
The Biojet plant is planned to have a capacity of 750 tonnes of biomass per day. This means that several parallel WoodRoll biomass gasification lines would be needed to handle a capacity that is 20 times larger than the operational Cortus plant in Höganäs, Sweden.
The produced syngas must then be further processed in a series of subsequent sub-processes.
Through the engineering study, Biojet AS will verify and increase the quality of the project documents. Biojet is completely focused on using technologies with the highest possible energy efficiency. This is the basis for the agreement with Cortus, said Lars F. Askheim, Founder and CEO of Biojet.
Biojet plans to build similar facilities in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Biojet has selected the US-headed engineering major Kellogg Brown & Root as its partner for the complete plant, from biomass to green diesel.
The project is unique in its technical design and in its size. Cortus gasification technology will be compared to an oxygen-based gasification process.
This is the first step in an upscaling of WoodRoll that can give us great opportunities, ended Håkan Sigfridsson, CEO of Cortus.