Sulzer provides pumps for Canadian net zero biofuel project

Sulzer is supplying a range of flow equipment, including specially designed centrifugal pumps, for an innovative project in Canada that will use locally grown rapeseed as bio-feedstock for net zero diesel production.

Flowering rapeseed canola.
Flowering rapeseed canola. - Image copyright © Daniel Prudek - Adobe Stock.

A major energy producer is using the local canola (rapeseed) oil to produce renewable diesel at industrial scale.

The Sulzer pumps will ensure the necessary high pressure and high temperature, which are critical to the catalytic process that breaks down the canola oil. The refinery expansion is planned for completion for March 2024. Once operating it will have an anticipated net zero diesel output of one billion liters per year.

The biofuel will be used to power vehicles, trains and industrial boilers, realizing an annual carbon reduction of up to 3 million tonnes — the equivalent of taking 650,000 vehicles off the road.

Sulzer’s executive chairwoman Suzanne Thoma said: “Decarbonizing the transportation sector is crucial to sustainability and net zero targets. We are very proud to continuously help these pioneering technologies and processes advance and contribute with our technical expertise and flexibility in product design to ensure the highest levels of efficiency.”