This new park will have an impressive capacity of almost 904,000 tons (820,000 tones) per year. More than half of this will be represented by SAF, and the rest will be renewable diesel, but the production will also be adapted to customer demand.
These biofuels will be obtained from waste, including used cooking oil, waste animal fat and other industrial and agricultural residues. Until waste becomes available on a larger scale, these materials will also be supplemented by the use of certified sustainable vegetable oils, like rapeseed.
What’s even more exciting is that Shell wants to make the production process clean, as well. Advanced technology will be used to capture the CO2 resulting from the manufacturing process. Then, the emissions will be transported and stored in an empty gas field, under the North Sea. This is part of the Porthos project, where CO2 emissions from multiple companies, including Shell, will be captured and stored.
Shell is also working on a future green hydrogen hub, in the Port of Rotterdam. In 2020, Shell and Eneco were awarded a tender for a 759 MW offshore wind project in the North Sea. The plan is to use this renewable power to produce green hydrogen at a future 200 MW electrolyser, in the same Port.
With these innovations, Shell hopes to accelerate biofuel adoption for aviation and freight transportation, which are considered “hard-to-decarbonize” sectors.