Sourcing Renewables - August 30, 2021
ExxonMobil Affiliate to Produce Renewable Diesel in Canada
Imperial Oil, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, will soon be producing renewable diesel at a new complex at a refinery in Edmonton, Canada.
The Strathcona refinery will use locally grown plant-based feedstock and blue hydrogen, produced from carbon capture and storage (CCS) and natural gas, in the manufacturing process. The complex is expected to produce approximately 20,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel and could reduce Canada’s transportation sector emissions by nearly 3 million metric tons per year.
The CCS process is estimated to capture nearly 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Research suggests that renewable diesel made from bio-feedstocks can cut emissions by approximately 40-80% compared to petroleum-based diesel.
“Canada’s proposed low-carbon fuel policies incentivize the development of lower-emission fuels that can make meaningful contributions to the hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the economy, including transportation,” Ian Carr, president of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, said in a statement. “The Strathcona project is an example of how well-designed policies allow us to leverage our existing global facilities for capital efficiency, utilize our proprietary catalyst technology, and bring our decades of processing experience to develop low-emission fuels.”
The plant expects to begin producing renewable diesel in 2024. This project will support ExxonMobil’s goal to provide more than 40,000 barrels per day of low-emissions fuel by 2025.
Imperial Oil joined the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance as a founding member in June. The alliance is focused on achieving net-zero emissions from oil sands operations by 2050 in collaboration with federal and Alberta governments to support Canada’s 2050 net-zero goals set out in the Paris Agreement.
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