Industrial gases specialist Atlas Copco Gas and Process (Atlas Copco) will supply its carbon dioxide (CO2) compression equipment to energy giant Shell’s 820,000 tonnes per year biofuels facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Shell’s biofuel facility could play a key role in supporting the energy transition through its eventual capability of producing enough renewable diesel to avoid 2.8m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. 

An unavoidable by-product of the plant’s processes, these emissions will be captured and transported through a pipeline before being compressed to a pressure of 42.5 bar by Atlas Copco’s five-stage turbocompressor – a machine capable of compressing 43.5 tonnes per hour of CO2. 

In addition to renewable diesel, the plant will provide sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable naphtha, all made from waste in the form of used cooking oil, waste animal fat and other residual products from the industrial and agricultural sectors. 

Atlas Copco Five Stage CO2 Compressor

Atlas Copco Five Stage CO2 Compressor

The Shell Energy and Chemicals Park is set to begin production in 2024 and aims to support both the Netherlands and Europe reach carbon reduction goals, focusing on hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy transport and aviation. 

Commenting last year on the new plant’s development, Marjan van Loon, President Director, Shell Netherlands BV, said, “This investment is an important step as we transform the Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam from a traditional refinery into a sustainable energy park.” 

The company is currently transforming its more than a dozen refineries into five energy and chemical parks in addition to advancing sustainable energy solutions through a green hydrogen hub which will produce 50,000 – 60,000 kg of hydrogen per day.