Repsol selects Axens Vegan tech for Cartagena biorefinery project
Spain-headed oil and multi-energy major Repsol S.A has selected "Vegan" process technology from Axens for its first production plant for advanced biofuels in Spain at its Cartagena refinery. This new plant will be capable of producing 250 000 tonnes-per-annum of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), green naphtha, and biopropane.
Repsol recently announced that it will invest EUR 188 million to build the first production plant for advanced biofuels in Spain at its Cartagena refinery. This new facility, which includes the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will supply a new hydrotreatment unit will have an annual capacity to produce 250 000 tonnes of advanced biofuels for road transportation and aviation.
This advanced biofuels plant is a step forward in Repsol’s commitment to becoming a net-zero carbon company in 2050. Repsol is promoting different technological options for sectors of transport where electrification is not a technically viable option. This adds to renewable hydrogen and synthetic fuels projects that provide new routes towards carbon neutrality in transport stated Repsol.
According to Axens, Repsol’s project outlines Axens’ expertise in Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils (HVO) and its commitment to power sustainability in transport. 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.
Axens says that 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.
The technology uses catalysts manufactured and provided by Axens and allows producers to effectively address today’s environmental regulations and secure energy diversification with drop-in premium quality products.
The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of process books, catalysts and adsorbents, proprietary equipment, training, and technical services. The value of the agreement has not been disclosed.
Axens is excited to work with Repsol, providing Vegan® technology for this advanced biofuels plant in Cartagena. This award further strengthens Axens’ technology position for sustainable and renewable biofuels. Repsol will benefit from notable know-how backed by 50 years of experience in middle distillates hydro-treatment and hydrocracking/hydroisomerization along with support in technology, services, and state-of-the-art catalysts developed, manufactured, and provided by Axens, said Patrick Sarrazin, EVP Process Licensing Global Business Unit at Axens.