Phillips 66 Goes In on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

 - August 13, 2020, 11:44 AM
Phillips 66 is planning to convert its San Francisco-area crude oil refinery into 100 percent sustainable fuel processing. After regulatory approval is granted, the company expects to begin SAF production at what will be one of the world's largest renewable fuel plants by 2024. (Photo: Phillips 66)

Phillips 66 is planning to fully convert its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, from crude oil processing to renewable fuels, using feedstocks such as used cooking oil, fats, greases, and soybean oils. According to the company, once the plant is reconfigured, it would no longer be able to produce conventional petroleum fuels.

If approved by Contra Costa County officials and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the refinery could produce as much as 680 million gallons of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year. Combined with the production of renewable fuels from an existing project in development, the output could surpass 800 million gallons a year, making it the largest such facility in the world, with production slated to begin in 2024. The conversion will also slash the facility's greenhouse gas emissions by half.

“This conversion is part of our response to the growing demand for high-quality, lower-carbon, cleaner-burning fuel, and increased interest in sustainable jet fuel,” said Lindsey Grant, the fuel provider’s manager for general aviation. “We are committed to supplying the products needed to satisfy consumer demand today and tomorrow.”