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Preem selects Topsoe's HydroFlex solution for Gothenburg refinery

Swedish oil refiner and renewable fuels producer Preem AB has selected Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex renewable fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at its Gothenburg refinery. The 16 000 barrels-per-day (bpd) unit will have an annual production capacity of approximately one million m3 which corresponds to about 25 percent of Sweden’s estimated consumption of renewable fuels in 2030.

In Sweden, oil refiner and renewable fuels producer Preem has selected Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex renewable fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at its Gothenburg refinery. The 16 000 barrels-per-day (bpd) unit will have an annual production capacity of approximately one million m3 which corresponds to about 25 percent of Sweden’s estimated consumption of renewable fuels in 2030 (photo courtesy Preem).

This volume of renewable fuel could reduce emissions from road and aviation by 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. The new plant is scheduled to go on-stream during 2024 and will be completely dedicated to producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from tall oil, tallow, and other renewable feedstocks.

Once completed, the total production capacity of renewable fuels at the Gothenburg refinery will be around 1.6 million m3.

Preem wants to continue the transformation towards a sustainable society and increase the production of renewable fuels in Sweden. The new plant is an important milestone for us, but this is only the beginning. Preem’s goal is to become the world’s first climate-neutral petroleum and biofuels company, with net-zero emissions in its entire value chain before 2045, and the production of renewable fuels is an essential part of that ambition. We are very pleased with our long-standing collaboration with Topsoe, and we look forward to the next leg of our common journey towards more sustainable transportation, said Petter Holland, CEO of Preem.

The project is based on HydroFlex, a world-leading, industry-proven Haldor Topsoe technology that produces renewable fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and SAF, from all renewable feedstocks. According to Haldor Topsoe, its HydroFlex solution can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications.

Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S will license and supply basic engineering, proprietary equipment, catalysts, and technical services to Preem.

We are deeply committed and proud of our collaboration with Preem, who is a true frontrunner in renewable fuels. We have worked together on renewable fuels since 2007, and in 2010 we brought the first revamped co-processing unit on-stream to produce renewable diesel. Since these early days, we have increased efficiencies and production volumes in our shared effort to make renewable fuels a viable alternative. We are genuinely excited to begin the next ambitious phase of our partnership, said Morten Schaldemose, EVP of Haldor Topsoe.

Preem was one of the first transportation fuel companies to begin the transformation towards renewable fuels. Preem has earlier signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Scandinavia Airline Systems (SAS) to bring sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the Nordic market.

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