Biogas 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.
How does a plant for generating gas from urban waste work?
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.
With this project, we keep promoting circular economy, which is applied to all phases of our Company's production cycle through technology and innovation. Once this plant is operational, it will 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:
Innovation as a key line of circular economy
Classification by key lines and value chain
Our circular economy projects are aligned with the key lines of our strategy and are present throughout our entire value chain, from obtaining raw materials to commercializing products and services.
Find out more about our circular economy projects
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We've joined forces with O.C.O. Technology Limited to produce more sustainable products by capturing and using CO2 emitted in our industrial processes.
Ecoplanta: The first circular methanol plant in Spain
We joined forces with Enerkem and Agbar to manage and build a recovery plant to transform waste into new products.
Polyurethane recycling pioneers in Spain
Our chemical recycling plant in Puertollano will go into operation by the end of 2022 to recycle around 2,000 tonnes of this waste.
Fuels from urban waste
We recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels.
We are pioneers in certified circular polymers that have been produced by incorporating plastic waste as raw material.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
We implement solutions to transform biomass into advanced biofuels with low CO2 emissions.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in our facilities
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.
Reusing water from urban wastewater plants
We reuse water from urban wastewater treatment plants to reduce the amount of fresh water consumed.