Eni S.p.A. will build a production facility using UOP’s “Ecofining” technology to produce diesel fuel from the catalytic hydroprocessing of vegetable oils.
The facility, to be located in Livorno, Italy, will process 6,500 barrels per day of vegetable oils to supply European refineries with a high-cetane renewable diesel fuel. It will be the first facility to use the Ecofining technology developed jointly by UOP and Eni.
UOP has already completed the basic design for the first unit, which is expected to come online in 2009. Eni, a leading European oil company with operations in 70 countries and 2006 revenues of more than €86 billion (US$116 billion) also plans to install several additional Ecofining units at its other wholly-owned and affiliate refineries throughout Europe.
This facility will both provide significant value to Eni’s refining operations by producing an ultra-high-quality diesel and fulfilling the proposed European target to grow the renewable energy supply to 12 percent by 2010.—Paolo Scaroni, Eni CEO
UOP announced its efforts to develop commercially viable solutions for renewable energy in refineries with the creation of its Renewable Energy & Chemicals business unit in late 2006. The Ecofining process for green diesel is its first renewable technology offering. (Earlier post.)
|Biodiesel and UOP/Eni “Green Diesel” Properties|
|UOP Green Diesel|
|% change in NOx emission||+10||0 to -10|
|Cloud point °C||-5||-5 to -30|
|Distillation 10-90% pt||340-355||265-320|
The Ecofining process uses catalytic hydroprocessing technology to convert vegetable oils to a renewable diesel fuel. The product, a direct substitute for diesel fuel, features a high cetane value of approximately 80.
UOP is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Specialty Materials strategic business group.
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