Indonesian state-owned energy company PT Pertamina will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at two of its refineries.

The company will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java.

UOP will provide technology licences, basic engineering, speciality equipment, catalysts and training for the two projects in Indonesia.

The biorefinery in Plaju will process 20,000 barrels/day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels such as renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel and green liquefied petroleum gas.

UOP will also revamp the existing refinery at Cilacap to process 6,000 barrels/day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels.

“As one of the world’s top producers of biofuels, Indonesia is ramping up its investment in advanced biorefineries capable of producing fully fungible renewable fuel,” said Jim Andersen, business development director of UOPs Renewable Fuels business.

“These refineries will enable Pertamina to meet the Indonesian government’s goals for renewable fuel production using domestic bio-based feedstocks.”

The additional biofuel production capacity from the Plaju and Cilacap refineries would help to reduce the nation’s reliance on imported petroleum products, particularly low-sulphur fuels.

“Pertamina is always looking forward for new and renewable energy solutions,” said Budi Santoso Syarif, deputy CEO of PT Kilang Pertamina International, the refinery and petrochemical business group of Pertamina.

“The development of our biorefinery in Plaju and Cilacap is part of our plan to diversify our products while at the same time to show our commitment to sustainable energy.”

The UCOP Ecofining process, jointly developed with Eni SpA, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to Honeywell Green Diesel.

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced by UCOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process is blended with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale.

International process technology supplier Honeywell UOP is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group.