• Repsol open the Iberian Peninsula’s first large-scale renewable fuel plant

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Repsol open the Iberian Peninsula’s first large-scale renewable fuel plant

Jun 17 2024

Repsol has commenced large-scale production of renewable fuels at its facility in Cartagena, Spain. The plant is the first on the Iberian Peninsula dedicated exclusively to the production of 100% renewable fuels. The company has invested €250 million in the construction of the unit, which has a production capacity of 250,000 tons per year. It can produce renewable diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which can be used in any means of transport: cars, trucks, buses, ships, or airplanes, and with existing refueling infrastructure.

The production of 100% renewable fuels at the plant in Cartagena will avoid the emission of 900,000 tons of CO2 a year, since they reduce net emissions by 90% compared to the mineral fuel that they replace due to the lower carbon intensity of the former.

Juan Abascal, Repsol's executive managing director of Industrial Transformation and Circular Economy emphasised the significance of industrial-scale production of 100% renewable fuels represents, "With this first plant on the Iberian Peninsula we are taking another step forward in our transformation towards decarbonisation, with a cutting-edge technological project".

The new plant will process 300,000 tons of organic waste annually, including used cooking oil, among others, prioritising residues of national and European origin. Repsol is certified under the ISCC-EU Voluntary Sustainability Scheme and the Spanish National Sustainability Verification System, ensuring traceability and the production of sustainable biofuels in accordance with Renewable Energy Directive (RED) standards.

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