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Shell plans biggest biofuels facility in Europe

Shell is transforming its refineries into energy and chemicals parks.
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Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Manager of Shell, has announced to build an 820,000-tonnes-a-year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam. Once built, the facility will be among the biggest in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel made from waste. The facility is expected to use technology to capture carbon emissions from the manufacturing process and store them in an empty gas field beneath the North Sea through the Porthos project. A final investment decision for Porthos is expected next year.

This statement is a key part of transformation of one of the major refineries into an energy and chemical park, which will supply customers with the low-carbon-products they want and need. The Energy and Chemical Park Rotterdam is the second park, following the launch in July of the Energy and Chemical Park Rheinland, in Germany.

According to its Powering Progress Strategy, Shell is transforming its refineries – which numbered 14 in October 2020 – into five energy and chemical parks. Shell’s aim is, to reduce the production of traditional fuels up to 55 percent by 2030 and provide more low-carbon fuels such as biofuels for road transport, aviation and hydrogen.