Honeywell provides safety technology to Spain’s first biofuels plant

Honeywell announced that it has been selected by Repsol to supply an integrated control and safety system (ICSS) for the first advanced biofuels production plant to be built in Spain. The new facility will employ a variety of distributed control systems, emergency shutdown (ESD), fire and gas (F&G) and human-machine interface (HMI) solutions from Honeywell to achieve efficient, sustainable and low-emission operations.

Last year, Repsol announced its strategy to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050 and recently announced more ambitious targets that will accelerate its transformation. The company’s biofuels plant located at its Cartagena, Spain refinery will have an annual production capacity of 250,000 tons of hydrobiodiesel, biojet fuel, bionaphtha and biopropane. The plant will also produce advanced biofuels from recycled raw materials to be used in road transportation and aviation. These advanced biofuels will facilitate the reduction of CO2 emissions by 900,000 tpy.

“With this initiative, we at Repsol are decisively promoting a new technological route that will be key in our path towards carbon neutrality. This initiative will be incorporated into projects we‘ve already implemented in energy efficiency, low-emissions electricity generation, green hydrogen, circular economy, synthetic fuels, CCUS and much more,” stated Josu Jon Imaz, Repsol CEO.

“We are committed to assisting renewable energy producers with key initiatives aimed at achieving a better environment and more sustainable world,” said Ujjwal Kumar, President and CEO, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Honeywell helps customers meet their automation and asset lifecycle objectives, providing a solid solution for each new project that will easily integrate with the existing installed base and expand capabilities to optimize overall performance.”

Honeywell’s ICSS solution will include the Enhanced High-Performance Process Manager, a process-connected device on the Enhanced Universal Control Network providing regulatory control and sequence operations; Safety Manager SC, a modular, fault-tolerant safety system integrating all safety processes, including F&G and ESD functions; and Experion Orion Console, an advanced HMI console enabling faster operator response, reduced fatigue, and increased situational awareness. Honeywell will also provide engineering, design, configuration, testing, installation and start-up services on the project.

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