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Grön Fuels selects Haldor Topsoe tech for planned Louisiana biorefinery project

Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries has announced that it has been selected by Grön Fuels LLC, a portfolio company of the American asset management firm Fidelis Infrastructure LP, to supply its "HydroFlex" renewable fuels and H2bridge" bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and sequestration option for a proposed multi-billion low carbon intensity biorefinery complex in Louisiana (LA).

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Grön Fuels LLC, a Fidelis Infrastructure LP portfolio company, has revealed plans for studying the feasibility of a major renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana (LA). With expansions and associated projects, the complex could involve up to US$9.2 billion of total investment over several phases. A final investment decision is expected in 2021, which will determine the final cost of the project’s first phase (image courtesy Grön Fuels).

According to Haldor Topsoe, Grön Fuels proposed renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) option facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana is based on Haldor Topsoe’s proprietary “HydroFlex” hydrotreating and “H2bridge” hydrogen technologies.

The integration of the fully proven H2bridge hydrogen technology with the HydroFlex technology enables Grön Fuels to produce renewable bio-hydrogen equivalent to the production of a 1 000 MW hydrolyser plant at a fraction of the cost.

Designed with CCS option

The design also includes an option to capture an estimated 1 million tonnes per annum of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) for carbon sequestration in suitable deep saline aquifers located below the project site. The design flexibility to include biogenic carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to the project is added to pursue negative carbon intensity renewable fuel production.

Bio-hydrogen not utilized for renewable diesel production will be made available by Grön Fuels for purchase by third parties for lowering the CO2 emissions of power production, industrial processes, or transportation and can be shipped by the approximately 600 miles/1 000 km of hydrogen pipelines operational and located near Grön Fuels’ site.

We have integrated the world’s leading renewable fuels technology by Haldor Topsoe with a design and long-term vision for the production of net negative CO2 renewable diesel that will also create significant new and long-term green industrial jobs in Louisiana, said Dan Shapiro, Managing Partner and co-founder of Fidelis Infrastructure.

Arctic renewable diesel

The facility will produce renewable diesel from non-fossil feedstocks such as soybean and canola oils, corn oil, tallow, used cooking oil (UCO), and feedstocks of the future such as bio-crudes.

Grön Fuels worked collaboratively with Halsor Topsoe to design the facility to be able to manufacture renewable arctic diesel with an additive-free -40 degrees cloud point.

The low-carbon fuels produced can directly substitute conventional fuels in cars, trucks, and aircraft, while utilizing existing fuel storage tanks and infrastructure such as long-haul pipelines.

The project benefits from substantial existing infrastructure at its host site, the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, including a recently completed unit train terminal, a large grain elevator at the site, a deepwater port accommodating SuezMax size vessels, and interconnection with the Bengal Pipeline, providing access to the Colonial Pipeline System and the Plantation Pipeline.

Haldor Topsoe’s people and proven technologies have been instrumental in the development of the Grön Fuels facility as an on-purpose, low-carbon intensity renewable fuel production facility utilizing bio-hydrogen rather than fossil-based hydrogen in the hydrotreating process. Additionally, Haldor Topsoe’s proven and operational capabilities to capture CO2 from the H2bridge hydrogen plant provides Grön Fuels the flexibility to pursue multiple follow-on projects to achieve net negative carbon intensity through bioenergy carbon capture and sequestration, said Bengt Jarlsjo, Partner and co-founder of Fidelis Infrastructure.

Over US$1 billion investment in phase one

Following the expected completion of the first phase of the complex in 2024, the plant will produce 60 000 barrels per day of renewable diesel, including a permitted jet fuel option. The first phase of construction would involve a capital investment of over US$1.25 billion and create 340 new direct jobs by 2024.

The final investment decision for the first phase of the project is expected in 2021, making this complex one of the world’s largest renewable fuel sites.

We are very proud to be part of this innovative project that has such great potential for the state of Louisiana and for reducing carbon emissions by leveraging Topsoe’s proven technologies into Grön Fuels’ pathway to ultra-low carbon intensity renewable fuels. Topsoe’s vision is to be recognized as the world leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024, and this project is an important step on our journey as it incorporates several of our industry-leading technologies, said Amy Hebert, Chief Commercial Officer, Haldor Topsoe.

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