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Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 13, 2020

Phillips 66 to convert California refinery to renewable fuel plant

Phillips 66 announced Aug. 12 that they intend to reconfigure their San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, Calif., to produce renewable fuels in a move that is expected to reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

The energy company predicts that the project will produce 680 gallons annually of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and sustainable jet fuel using sources such as cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils in place of crude oil. The Rodeo plant already has an existing project in development and combined with this new endeavor the facility would produce more than 800 million gallons a year of renewable fuels, making it the world’s largest of its kind.

“Phillips 66 is taking a significant step with Rodeo Renewed to support demand for renewable fuels and help California meet its low carbon objectives,” Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, said in a statement. “We believe the world will require a mix of fuels to meet the growing need for affordable energy, and the renewable fuels from Rodeo Renewed will be an important part of that mix. This project is a great example of how Phillips 66 is making investments in the energy transition that will create long term value for our shareholders.”

If approved by local officials and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the plant could begin producing renewable fuels and suspend its processing of crude oil in early 2024.

In order to prep the facility for this change, Phillips 66 will construct pre-treatment units and repurpose existing hydrocracking units to enable the production of these renewable fuels for the California market.

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