Marathon Petroleum’s former refinery in Martinez, California, USA has been repurposed to produce renewable diesel through the company’s joint venture with Neste.
The Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility is currently operating with a capacity of 260 million gallons per year. Additional production capacity is expected to be online by the end of 2023, bringing the total capacity to approximately 730 million gallons (2.7 million m ³) per year of renewable fuels
Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, was selected by Marathon Petroleum Corporation as the technology provider for renewable fuels production at the Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility in California. The facility, part of Marathon’s 50/50 joint venture with Neste, utilises Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to convert bio-feedstock into renewable diesel.
Henrik Rasmussen, managing director, the Americas, Topsoe, says: ‘We are very pleased to continue our close collaboration with Marathon to bring even more renewable fuels to the American market. It’s a pleasure working with Marathon on these very successful projects.’
Jeff Sexton, refining technology director at Marathon, says: ‘As we continue to challenge ourselves to lead in sustainable energy, our renewable fuels production facilities in Dickinson and Martinez have been important contributors. The ramp-up of our first phase of production capacity at Martinez has been successful, and we look forward to bringing the facility up to full production capacity by the end of this year.’
With HydroFlex, customers can convert low-value feedstocks into drop-in renewable jet and diesel that meets all globally accepted specifications for these fuels. The HydroFlex process layout offers lower capital expenditure, but also a lower energy consumption during operation, resulting in a lower Carbon Index.