Spanish energy company Repsol has started building a plant for the production of advanced biofuels including hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) at its refinery in Cartagena, Spain, the company announced on 7 March.

Due to become operational in the first half of 2023, the 250,000 tonnes/year €200M (US$219M) facility would produce advanced biofuels such as renewable diesel, bio-jet fuel, bio-naphtha and bio-propane for use in airplanes, trucks or cars.

“Repsol has been incorporating biofuels into its automotive fuels for more than two decades. Now the company is taking one step further and… will be producing advanced biofuels from different types of waste from the agri-food industry and others, such as used cooking oils,” the company said.

The company said the new advanced biofuels could cut CO2 emissions by 900,000 tonnes/year.

Repsol said the project was in line with its commitment to become a net zero emissions company by 2050.

While the hydro-treating unit, hydrogen production unit and biofuel storage tank area would be located inside the refinery, Repsol said another area in the Port Authority of Cartagena, where the company operates, would have the facilities to store 300,000 tonnes of different types of waste.

The European Union’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) proposes a minimum of 14% renewable energy in transportation by 2030 and Spain has established a stricter target of 28% renewable energy in transportation for 2030 through its Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate (PNIEC).