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British multinational oil and gas company bp was set to use Honeywell technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at five new production sites in Australia, Europe and the USA, US engineering conglomerate Honeywell said.

Honeywell said its UOP Ecofining technology would be installed at the following bp sites: Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington; Rotterdam II refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Lingen refinery in Lower Saxony, Germany; Castellón de la Plana refinery in Castellón, Spain; and Kwinana Oil refinery in Kwinana, Australia.

“The world’s demand for SAF is set to increase dramatically and bp seeks to play an important role in helping airlines to decarbonise,” bp senior vice president biofuels growth Nigel Dunn said.

SAF produced from Honeywell’s Ecofining technology was certified for use according to international standards, could be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications and could be used in blends of up to 50% with the remainder comprising conventional (fossil-based) jet fuel, Honeywell said on 31 May.

To date, Honeywell said 35 Ecofining plants had been licensed around the world with a total production capacity of more than 400,000 barrels/day.

Developed in conjunction with Eni SpA, the Honeywell UOP Ecofining process converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks into renewable diesel and SAF. It could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80% when compared to emissions from fossil fuels, the company said.