SCA and St1 Gothenburg biorefinery in start-up phase

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The Gothenburg biorefinery, which SCA jointly owns with St1, has recently reached a key milestone as the project management team handed over the facility to an operating organisation to begin start-up.

Four years ago, SCA entered into a partnership with St1 to manufacture biofuel. Some 2.5 million working hours later, the plant is now ready for start-up. In recent months, the various parts of the process have been tested individually, and now the meticulous work of connecting the entire production chain begins. The aim is to produce 180,000 tonnes of renewable aviation fuel and renewable diesel a year.

Initially, used cooking oil will be used as an input. Once the process has stabilised, tall oil will also be used as an input. The tall oil is a by-product from SCA’s paper and pulp mills in Östrand in Timrå, Obbola in Umeå, and Munksund in Piteå.

“Our operations in Norrbotten, Västerbotten and Västernorrland are now even more important cogs in SCA’s value chain. This is an excellent example of how our mills can also provide raw materials for fossil-free fuels, in this case to create larger volumes of fossil-free aviation fuel from sustainably managed Swedish forests,” says Ulf Larsson, SCA CEO.

Roger Östlin, SCA Director of Renewable Fuels, is pleased about this major breakthrough and the increased climate benefit from SCA’s forests that this provides:

“By further refining tall oil into renewable jet fuel for aviation, we’re further developing our value chain and thereby increasing the climate benefit that the forest contributes. Biofuels replace fossil alternatives, which promotes sustainable development and the climate,” says Östlin.

Source: SCA