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Total selects Honeywell UOP Ecofining for Grandpuits biorefinery project

In the United States (US), Honeywell UOP, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries has announced that global energy major Total S.A. will use Honeywell UOP Ecofining process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits zero-crude platform at Seine-et-Marne in north-central France.

Total has selected Hoeywell UOP Ecofing process technology for its Grandpuits biorefinery project in France. With the Honeywell UOP Ecofining process, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel (sustainable aviation fuel – SAF) produced by this process is blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at a commercial scale. Up to a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight (photo courtesy Honeywell UOP).

In September 2020, Total revealed that it plans to invest EUR 500 million to repurpose its Grandpuits refinery to a zero-crude biorefining platform. Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project.

Once completed, the biorefinery will process 400 000 tonnes of feedstock per annum, producing up to 170 000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), 120 000 tonnes of renewable diesel (HVO), and 50 000 tonnes of renewable naphtha for the production of bioplastics.

Total chose UOP’s Ecofining process to increase its renewable jet fuel production in France. UOP’s Ecofining process will help Total to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform that supports government plans to develop fossil fuel substitutes and achieve carbon neutrality, said Ben Owens, VP and General Manager of Honeywell’s Sustainable Technology Solutions business.

Earlier this year, France announced plans to replace 2 percent of its fossil-based jet fuel with sustainable aviation fuels by 2025, rising to 5 percent by 2030 and to 50 percent by 2050.

The deployment of SAF is one of the French government’s top priorities and part of its broader national commitment to address climate change.

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