Thursday, June 01, 2023

BPCL in talks with Sulzer to make aviation fuel from used cooking oil

New Delhi: State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is in talks with Switzerland-based fluid engineering major Sulzer Chemtech for a tie-up in the sustainable aviation fuel space.

The oil marketing company (OMC) has been working on developing jet fuel from used cooking oil (UCO), commonly known as the UCO-to-ATF method.

“BPCL has indegiously developed the catalyst for sustainable aviation fuel using cooking oil. It has been successfully developed and is in the laboratory stage. For scaling it to the demonstration and commercial stage, it is now looking to partner with a global player,” said a person familiar with the development.

The commercialization of the product is likely to take a few years, another person said.

Sulzer has been major engineering player in the sustainable fuel space. In November, it tied up with Malaysian energy company Vandelay Ventures Sdn Bhd for building a production facility for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. Under the agreement, Sulzer Chemtech, in cooperation with Duke Technologies LLC, will provide its BioFlux licenced technology, basic engineering packages (BEP) and technical services.

SAF is among several sustainable products BPCL is foraying into in the run-up to its ambitious net zero target of 2040. It is also diversifying into development of second-generation ethanol and ethanol-diesel blend and petrochemicals, among others. It is developing an integrated ‘2G+1G’ bio-ethanol refinery at Bargarh, Odisha.

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