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Sulzer pumps convert California refinery to biofuels

Swiss engineering group Sulzer has supplied flow technology solutions to convert an existing US West Coast refinery into one of the world’s largest renewable biofuels plants.

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The new facility is expected to produce three billion litres of renewable fuels per year.

When fully operational in 2024, the plant will produce renewable diesel, gasoline and sustainable jet fuel from used cooking and soybean oils, waste fats and greases.

Sulzer pumps will support a number of critical applications to convert waste oils and fats into renewable fuels with a lower carbon cost. Critical oil-recycle pumps supplied by Sulzer will enable the production of the renewable diesel. Sulzer’s technology solutions will also support general processing, hard condensate pumping and caustic transfer at the facility.

The refinery conversion will simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the site by 50% while providing lower-carbon fuels to customers.

“It is exciting to be involved in this innovative project and the move to low-carbon, renewable fuels,” said Suzanne Thoma, executive president of Sulzer. “Sulzer’s flow solutions, specially engineered to fit the new performance parameters of the applications, will play a critical role in the facility and in achieving California’s emissions reduction targets. We will also enable millions of tonnes of waste oils and fats to be put to productive use.”