Producing fuels from urban waste
Thanks to innovation and technology, we can recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels. This is the main purpose of our plant designed to generate gas from urban waste, a project that enables us to continue promoting circular economy and not only close the loop for numerous products, but also bring about significant environmental benefits by substituting fossil fuels in our refineries with zero emissions fuels.
Waste contains energy, and with technology we can create processes that help us transform it into energy that be actually utilized. As such, through our project involving a plant for generating gas from urban waste, we can contribute to a circular economy model and make further progress in the energy transition towards a low-carbon future. Ultimately, waste that would usually end up in a landfill will be processed and transformed at this plant.
Our plant for generating gas from urban waste will be located in the port of Bilbao in northern Spain. There, waste that has reached the end of its useful life will be transformed using a pyrolysis process, which consists in heating up waste at high temperatures without oxygen until it is transformed into gas. The extracted fuel will be used to substitute part of the traditional fuels that the Basque refinery, one of the largest in Spain, uses in its production process.
From the beginning of the value chain, we are involved in managing the collection, selection, and sorting of waste for it to be ultimately transformed at our industrial assets. It is precisely during this last phase and in the industrial symbiosis where we add further value and help close the cycle of waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
These are some of this project's benefits:
We obtain new polyolefins from recycled materials, while guaranteeing top quality and functionality.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
We transform plastic waste into circular polyolefins that feature the same quality and functionality of virgin materials.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in exploration and production operations
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
Reusing asset equipment
We extend the useful life of our asset equipment by reusing it in our own operations or those of other companies.