Emerging Advanced Biofuels in Indonesia using UOP Honeywell

source: biomassmagazine.com

source: biomassmagazine.com

Pertamina has initiated the implementation of Honeywell UOP Technology to produce leading biofuels in Indonesia, including the use of UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process ™ technology at the Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and the UOP Ecofining ™ technology at the Cilacap refinery in Central Java. Honeywell UOP is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

Together with the Italian company Eni S.p.A., UOP’s Ecofining Process converts natural inedible oils, animal fats, and other waste feedstocks into Honeywell Green Diesel ™, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel. This product executes better performance in comparison with the FAME biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a fully replaceable drop-in replacement in unmodified diesel vehicles. Apart from that, it also features a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel from petroleum and offers a higher value for cetane diesel which provides better engine performance with fewer emissions.

Honeywell is also a pioneer in the sustainable aviation fuel market with UOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process called Honeywell Green Jet Fuel ™. When used in mixtures of up to 50 percent with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all the essential specifications for aviation.

Through technology licenses, basic engineering, special equipment, catalysts, and training provided, the oil refinery in Plaju will process 20,000 barrels of vegetable oil and fat per day to produce advanced biofuels such as renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel, and liquid petroleum gas at the Plaju refinery. On top of that, UOP will renovate the existing refinery in Cilacap to process 6,000 barrels of vegetable oil and fat per day to produce sophisticated biofuels.

With this cooperation, Pertamina is expected to be able to meet the increasing demand for energy security in Indonesia by using renewable fuels. In addition, the construction of the greenfield biorefinery in Plaju and the renewal of the Cilacap refinery are targeted to meet the Indonesian government’s goal of producing renewable fuels using domestic vegetable raw materials.