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Covenant Energy selects Haldor Topsoe for Canadian biorefinery project

Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries has announced that it has been selected by Canada-based renewable fuels developer Covenant Energy Ltd as the key technology provider for its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) plant, a 6 500 barrels per day, 300 – 325 million litres per annum, biorefinery to be built in southern Saskatchewan (SK).

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In Canada, Covenant Energy Ltd, a Saskatchewan (SK)-based renewable fuel innovator is planning the country’s first stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) plant. To be built in southern Saskatchewan, the 6 500 barrels per day capacity plant aims to use canola (rapeseed) oil as feedstock. Haldor Topsoe has been selected to supply its HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for the project.

Covenant Energy is a private company founded in 2019 with the mission to become a Canadian leader in the transformative green fuel industry through the production of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). To do so, the company is developing the first stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) refinery in Canada, which will transform renewable feedstocks, including Canadian prairie-grown canola (rapeseed) oil into a premium renewable diesel product.

Haldor Topsoe has been chosen by Covenant Energy as the facility’s technology provider – HydroFlex renewable fuel technology to produce clean diesel from vegetable oil and H2bridge hydrogen technology based on the modular and highly efficient Haldor Topsoe Convection Reformer (HTCR) technology.

Covenant Energy’s new facility will produce renewable diesel with a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional diesel and will thereby support Canada’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 under the country’s clean energy diversification strategy.

Haldor Topsoe is an industry leader. Covenant Energy’s goal to produce the cleanest renewable diesel in the world, at Canada’s first-of-kind production facility, is made possible by Topsoe’s innovative technology. Our renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel will have a competitive advantage under Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations, said Josh Gustafson, President, and CEO at Covenant Energy.

With HydroFlex low-value feedstocks can be converted to renewable fuels that qualify for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit. The innovative process layout offers lower capital expenditure (CAPEX) but also a lower energy consumption during operation, resulting in a lower Carbon Index (CI), and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications.

The H2bridge delivers a circular solution to refineries and biorefineries by replacing fossil feedstocks with renewable LPG or naphtha to produce renewable hydrogen, thereby generating significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions savings and lower the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels produced in the HydroFlex unit.

We are very pleased that Covenant Energy has selected Topsoe’s HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for this state-of-the-art, standalone renewable diesel facility. These market-leading technologies are complementary and together they will provide Covenant with one of the lowest carbon intensity fuels in the world, said Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, The Americas, Haldor Topsoe.

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