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Phillips 66 completes refinery conversion for renewable diesel production

By Mary Page Bailey |

As a part of its first-quarter 2021 financial results, Phillips 66 (Houston) provided an update on its conversion project at the San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to meet the growing demand for renewable fuels. In April, the company completed its diesel hydrotreater conversion, which will ramp up to 8,000 bbl/d (120 million gallons per year) of renewable diesel production by the third quarter of 2021. Subject to permitting and approvals, full conversion of the refinery is expected in early 2024. Upon completion, the facility will have over 50,000 bbl/d (800 million gallons per year) of renewable fuel production capacity. The conversion is expected to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and help California meet its lower-carbon objectives.

Phillips 66 is increasing its focus on lower-carbon initiatives across the company, including the creation of an Emerging Energy group early this year and ongoing research in its Energy Research and Innovation organization. New initiatives this year include:

  • An investment in Shell Rock Soy Processing, a joint venture that plans to construct a new soybean-processing facility in Iowa. The project is expected to be completed in late 2022. The company will purchase 100% of the soybean oil production.

 

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