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New Biorefinery in Paraguay will Provide up to 20,000 bpd of Renewable Diesel & Jet Fuel

Honeywell announced in early April that Brazil-based ECB Group will use the UOP Ecofining™ process to convert vegetable oils and inedible animal fats into renewable diesel and jet fuel at the Omega Green production facility in Villeta, near Asuncion, Paraguay. This marks the first advanced biofuels project in Paraguay, as well as the largest private investment in the country’s history.

Honeywell UOP was selected to provide technology and engineering services for the project, which will produce fuels that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable diesel and aviation jet fuel.

Honeywell UOP designed the Omega Green project to minimize fossil CO2 emissions by using the renewable LPG and naphtha produced in the UOP Ecofining unit to self-sustain the process in energy and hydrogen.

The Omega Green project is designed to minimize fossil CO2 emissions at the site by using the renewable LPG and naphtha produced in the UOP Ecofining unit to self-sustain the process in energy and hydrogen.

In partnership with Wood, a global consulting and engineering company, Honeywell UOP will integrate Wood’s hydrogen plant technology with the Ecofining unit designed to produce hydrogen from renewable feedstocks. This will further reduce the overall carbon intensity of the Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel. 

When it enters operation, Omega Green will produce up to 20,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel and jet fuel. “As demand for diesel and jet fuel continues to grow globally, it is a major milestone to have the first biorefinery in South America, which can help meet this demand with renewable domestic resources,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions.

The UOP Ecofining process is practiced today at four commercial operating refineries, including two in the US and two in Europe. The hydrogen integration in cooperation with Wood will be a first of a kind installation at the ECB site.” Regarding the LPG and naphtha produced in the Ecofining unit, Owens told Refinery Operations that “the integrated hydrogen solution uses secondary green products of naphtha and LPG as feed to an SMR, eliminating the need for fossil hydrogen and can be replicated at refinery sites worldwide.”

“The Omega Green project will have the latest and most advanced technology for the industrial process of renewable diesel and the aero renewable kerosene, in addition to green naphtha,” said Erasmo Carlos Battistella, ECB Group CEO. “The success of this initiative in Paraguay is based on strong collaborations like the one we have with Honeywell.”

Honeywell’s Ecofining process, developed in conjunction with Eni SpA, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based counterparts. Both products offer improved performance over commercial petroleum-based diesel and jet fuel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles and aircraft with no equipment modifications.

Honeywell Green Diesel also features an 80 percent life cycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel from petroleum and features a higher-cetane diesel value to provide better engine performance with fewer emissions. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can be blended seamlessly with petroleum-based fuel. When used in up to a 50-percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight. The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100%-biofeed units producing renewable diesel, and all of the licensed renewable jet fuel production, in the world today. UOP currently has licensed 20 Ecofining units in nine countries around the world, processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks.

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Rene G Gonzalez is the Director for and contributing editor for As a chemical engineer (Texas A&M University: 1982), Gonzalez has worked in various engineering capacities throughout the energy industry value chain, primarily in refinery processing and operations.

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