Cepsa Awards Técnicas Reunidas Engineering Contract For Its Second-Generation Biofuels Plant

Cepsa has awarded Técnicas Reunidas the contract for the detailed engineering of the largest second-generation (2G) biofuels plant in southern Europe, which Cepsa will start up together with Bio-Oils, with an investment of up to 1 billion euros, at the La Rábida Energy Park in Huelva.
Cepsa Awards Técnicas Reunidas Engineering Contract For Its Second-Generation Biofuels Plant
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The new plant, which will use agricultural waste and used cooking oils as feedstock, will have two pretreatment units and a flexible production capacity of 500,000 tons of renewable diesel and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) for use in air, sea, and land transport.

Técnicas Reunidas will develop the facility's engineering, procurement management, and construction management support. Specifically, the scope of the work awarded to Técnicas Reunidas includes the renewable fuels unit (RFU), the amine regeneration unit (ARU), the acid water unit (SWS), and the service generation units, the interconnections, the storage tank farm, and the ship and tanker loading and unloading facilities.

Técnicas Reunidas will assign a team of more than 180 expert professionals and will dedicate some 500,000 hours of highly qualified personnel to carry out all phases of the engineering and procurement services for equipment and materials for the project, with support for construction management at Cepsa's request.

Emilia Arias, Technology Director of Técnicas Reunidas, emphasized that "with this contract, Técnicas Reunidas strengthens its position in the field of the circular economy. These services will contribute to the definition of this emblematic plant, with high technological content. This project is part of the strategy implemented by Técnicas Reunidas to increase the number of service contracts."

“We have entrusted this project to Técnicas Reunidas, experts in the engineering of large industrial projects such as the one we will undertake in Huelva, which will be the largest 2G biofuel plant in southern Europe. At this facility, which will feature the latest available technology, we will flexibly produce 500,000 tons of renewable diesel and SAF to decarbonize aviation, maritime, and land transport," said José Manuel Martínez, Cepsa's Technology Director

The sustainable fuels developed in this new plant will reduce 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to 30% of emissions in the province of Huelva. The use of biofuels can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to traditional fuels, making them a key element in enabling a fair energy transition and promoting the decarbonization of transportation, especially in sectors where electrification is complex, such as heavy road, air and maritime transportation.

Commitment to sustainable energy

Among other initiatives, Técnicas Reunidas has provided engineering services for a biomethanol plant in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and is participating in another similar project in Spain.

The construction of this new plant is in line with Cepsa's goal of leading 2G biofuels production in Spain and Portugal by 2030. By 2030, the company will have an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons of biofuels, of which 800,000 tons will be SAF, enough sustainable jet fuel to fly over the planet 2,000 times.

In its strategic plan, Cepsa has established a roadmap to cut its emissions that is among the most ambitious in its sector. Specifically, in 2030, it will reduce its CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 55% and its carbon intensity index by 15-20%, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Cepsa wants to go beyond net zero and have a positive impact, adding value in the communities where it operates by enabling its customers and other stakeholders to move forward in the right direction.

Creating this installation contributes to several of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production), and SDG 13 (Climate action).

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