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Petronas, Eni and Euglena to explore biorefinery opportunity in Malaysia

Petronas, Eni and Euglena to explore biorefinery opportunity in Malaysia

14 Dec 2022

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Eni SpA (Eni) and Euglena Co Ltd (Euglena) on Dec 14 announced that they are jointly studying the possibility of developing and operating a biorefinery in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), one of the largest integrated refinery and petrochemical developments in Southeast Asia.

The three parties are currently carrying out technical and economic feasibility assessments for the proposed project, with the investment decision expected to be reached by 2023 and the plant targeted to be completed by 2025.

The biorefinery is expected to have a flexible configuration to maximise the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for aircraft as well as hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) for on-road vehicles, diesel-powered trains, and marine transportation. This flexibility will enable the production to meet the ever-changing and growing energy demands of customers.

The biorefinery is also expected to have the capability to process about 650,000 tonnes per year of raw materials to produce up to 12,500 barrels per day of biofuels, namely SAF, HVO, and bio-naphtha.

“As Petronas continues to chart its course into the biofuels space, decarbonising and diversifying its production portfolio to cater for the rising global demand for sustainable solutions, this collaboration is momentous to unlock the partners’ respective strengths and jointly strengthen our position in the field of biofuels in Malaysia and around the world,” said Petronas’ downstream business (Refining, marketing and trading) vice-president Ahmad Adly Alias.

Eni’s CEO for energy evolution Giuseppe Ricci said: “For the biorefinery project to develop together with Euglena and Petronas in Malaysia, Eni will share its experience and its breakthrough technologies that enabled the company to make the world’s first conversion of a refinery into a biorefinery in Porto Marghera (Venice) in 2014, and to inaugurate a second one in Gela, Sicily in 2019.”

The founder and president of Euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, said, “This project is a significant step for the commercialisation of our biofuel business and our challenge to expediting biofuel usages and decarbonisation in Japan. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with the great partners of respective expertise and stride together for a brighter and cleaner future.”

Source : The Sun Daily