MOSCOW (MRC) -- Repsol has successfully completed the manufacture of the first batch of biojet produced from waste on the Spanish market at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao, as per the company's press release.
This is a significant milestone in the production of fuels with a low carbon footprint. It represents a move forward in the decarbonization of fuels for air transport, a segment where electrification is not currently viable.
The batch consists of 5,300 tons of fuel and meets strict product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain. Its use will avoid the emission of 300 tons of CO2, the equivalent of 40 flights between Madrid and the northern Spanish city of Bilbao.
This is the third production of biojet carried out by Repsol in Spain. It follows the manufacture of two other batches at the company’s Puertollano and Tarragona refineries, in 2020 and early 2021, respectively, where biomass was used as raw material. In the recently manufactured batch, however, waste has been used as feedstock, thus integrating circular economy tools in the process. This improves waste management, transforming waste into high value-added products such as low carbon footprint fuels. This is another example of the transformation of Repsol's industrial complexes to become multi-energy hubs, capable of manufacturing products with a low, zero, or even a negative carbon footprint.
The promotion of this type of fuel comes in addition to the projects that Repsol has already deployed in energy efficiency, low-emission electricity generation, renewable hydrogen, circular economy, synthetic fuels, and CO2 capture, use and storage. It is one of the company's main strategic axes to achieve its goal of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050.
As MRC reported earlier, in July 2021, Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary Tecnimont S.p.A. was awarded a contract by Repsol for the realization of a polypropylene (PP) Unit and a linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit on an EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) Lump Sum Turn-Key basis, as part of Repsol’s expansion of Sines Industrial Complex in Portugal. The project completion is expected by 2025.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
Repsol is a global multi-energy company established in Spain and listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange for 25 years. Its products are distributed in nearly 100 countries to around 24 million customers. Repsol Industrial Complex in Sines is the largest chemical site in Portugal.