BP Selects Honeywell’s Ecofining™ Technology For New Diesel And Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project In Kwinana, Australia

BP Selects Honeywell’s Ecofining™ Technology For New Diesel And Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project In Kwinana, Australia

  • BP and Honeywell sign licensing agreement for the use of Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining™ technology
  • The UOP Ecofining process has been used commercially to produce diesel from renewable feeds since 2013 and sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) since 2016

DES PLAINES, Ill., February 28, 2022 – Honeywell announced today that bp and Honeywell have signed a licensing agreement for Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ technology. bp is undergoing pre-feed engineering for its proposed diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in Western Australia. bp plans to convert hydroprocessing equipment at its former refinery site in Kwinana, Australia, to produce approximately 10kbd diesel and SAF from renewable feeds, integrating with its existing terminal operations.

Revamping to Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process is expected to provide a fast-to-market, capital efficient solution, ideal for repurposing underutilized hydroprocessing units to produce diesel and SAF from renewable feeds, which have substantially similar molecules to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuel and can be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications, in the case of SAF in blends of up to 50 percent with the remainder as conventional jet fuel.

Depending on feedstock choice, diesel and SAF produced from the Ecofining process is expected to result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional diesel or aviation fuel from petroleum1. Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its UOP Ecofining process, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016.

Justin Nash, Senior Manager Cities & Corporate said “bp is excited to be progressing this project as part of its ambition to develop an integrated energy hub at the Kwinana site. bp has strong track record as an energy provider to Western Australia, and this diesel and SAF project will leverage existing infrastructure, including former refining assets, storage and distribution facilities and a team with extensive operational capabilities and experience.”

“We are proud bp selected Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining technology and look forward to the progression of bp’s project in Australia”, said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “The UOP Ecofining process enables flexibility for processing many types of waste and crop oil feedstocks. We look forward to working with bp on their diesel and SAF project using renewable feedstock in Australia.”

The UOP Ecofining process, developed in conjunction with Eni SpA, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to diesel and SAF. Both products offer improved performance over commercial petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About half of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

About bp

bp has set an ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. Our team in Australia is working hard on our low carbon goals via alternative energy solutions, technology and as a gas producer.

bp has been operating in Australia for more than 100 years. bp is one of Australia’s leading premium fuel retailers with around 1,400 branded retail fuel sites across the country, of which approximately 350 are company-owned, and more than 1,000 are owned and operated by our independent business partners.

bp is engaged in the exploration and production of oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas and the marketing of petroleum and lubricant products in Australia.

Find out more about bp in Australia.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.


1Per guidelines established by the California Air Resources Board Low Carbon Fuel Standard (ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources)

Mike Hockey
Director of External Communication, PMT