Eni S.p.A., Italy’s largest energy company, will produce Green Diesel using the UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process from Honeywell’s UOP at its facility in Venice. This project marks the first time that a process unit producing petroleum-based fuel will be converted into a unit to produce biofuel.
The UOP/Eni Ecofining process produces a renewable diesel fuel which is a drop-in replacement for traditional diesel. Unlike biodiesel, it is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used in any proportion in existing fuel tanks without engine or infrastructure changes and offers a lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of as much as 80 percent compared with diesel derived from petroleum.
Eni will retrofit existing equipment at its facility, currently being used to produce petroleum-based diesel, to produce more than 100 million gallons of the renewable diesel per year beginning in 2014. The retrofit will support the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive, which mandates that, by 2020, 20% of its countries’ energy must come from renewable sources, and greenhouse gases must be reduced by 20 percent. Eni plans to eventually convert its entire Venice refinery into a renewable diesel production facility.
“This project truly demonstrates the flexibility of the UOP/Eni Ecofining process. Not only does it produce a drop-in fuel replacement for end-users, but refiners can operate the process by simply modifying existing assets that might otherwise go unused,” said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of Renewable Energy and Chemicals for Honeywell’s UOP. “We applaud Eni S.p.A. for its innovative approach and vision to provide new life for aging assets in the form of a renewable fuel production unit. We look forward to working with Eni S.p.A on this project, which supports the European Union’s mandate for increased reliance on renewable energy.”
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