First synthetic fuels plant in Spain
We are committed to a circular model in which CO2 and renewable H2 are used to produce synthetic fuels.
As a result of the collaboration between Repsol, Petronor, and Saudi Aramco, the plant will boast a production capacity of 8,000 liters per day of low-carbon footprint fuels and will be located in the port of Bilbao. This demo plant, which is in its first phase of development, will be operational by the end of 2024.
How do we produce synthetic fuels?
We use renewable hydrogen and CO2 to produce synthetic fuels. The hydrogen is obtained from the water molecule by using electrolysis with renewable energy, and the CO2 is captured at the Petronor refinery.
The main innovation of the project is to manage to create syngas (CO y H2) from H2 and CO2, generating water as a by-product. Next, we use the latest advances in existing technologies to create gasolines or kerosenes from syngas.
Synthetic fuels are, from the chemical point of view, identical to those currently used in combustion engines, and can therefore use the existing infrastructure and logistics network. These fuels have different final applications, such as aviation fuel, renewable diesel, and naphthas.
Synthetic fuels in figures:
low-carbon footprint fuels
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
Eco-aggregates: A new product for capturing CO2
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 2023 to recycle around 2,000 tonnes of this waste.
We are pioneers in certified circular polymers that have been produced by incorporating plastic waste as raw material.
Renewable fuels from waste
We process raw materials derived from waste and transform them into biofuels.
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.
Through innovative processes, we recycle polyurethane waste to produce new polyols.
Waste treatment in our facilities
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
A plug-in hybrid carsharing service that promotes more responsible consumption patterns.
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.
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What is circular economy?
A production and consumption model that ensures sustainable growth over time, while driving resource optimization.