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PKN ORLEN signs Vegan technology license agreement with Axens

France-headed technology provider Axens has signed an agreement for its Vegan Technology License and Process Book Supply with oil refiner Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A (PKN ORLEN) for the production of renewable diesel and jet fuel, through hydrotreating of vegetable oils at the Płock refinery in Poland.

Axens has signed an agreement for its Vegan Technology License and Process Book Supply with PKN ORLEN for the production of renewable diesel and jet fuel at the Płock refinery in Poland (photo courtesy Adam Kliczek).

Based on the flexibility to operate either on diesel mode or kerosene mode, the new unit would be capable of producing Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils (HVO) for true drop-in high-quality biofuels for diesel or jet fuel. This project falls into a commitment to address today’s environmental regulations entering the low-carbon energy sector in downstream while ensuring diversification of feedstock.

Investing in new technologies is among PKN ORLEN’s strategic objectives. Renewable energy sources are gaining prominence in transport. The RED II Directive, which raises targets for the use of next-generation biofuels, will have a major impact on the fuel market in the future. By investing in environmentally-friendly solutions in advance, we will be well-positioned to meet the ambitious EU targets, said Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board.

An IFP Group company, Axens provides a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production, and purification of major petrochemical intermediates as well as all of the natural gas’ treatment and conversion options.

According to Axens, its Vegan technology is able to hydrotreat a wide range of lipids and to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel as well as renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. Backed by fifty years of experience in middle distillates hydro-treatment and hydrocracking/hydro-isomerization, Vegan technology is using catalysts manufactured and provided by Axens.

The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of process books, catalysts & adsorbents, proprietary equipment, training, and technical services. The value of the agreement has not been disclosed.

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