Element Fuels Completes Site Prep for New Texas Refinery
6/10 2:31 PM
Element Fuels Completes Site Prep for New Texas Refinery OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) --- Element Fuels Holdings, LLC, announced recently that it has completed site preparation and pre-construction on a new hydrogen-powered refinery and combined-cycle power plant within the Port of Brownsville, Texas. Expected to be operational in 2027, Element Fuels' first of its kind refinery combines advanced, commercially proven technologies, provided by best-in-class partners. Designed to process exclusively high gravity domestic shale oil, the refinery will produce low-carbon intensity fuels that will materially reduce carbon emissions. "Element Fuels has received the necessary permitting to construct and operate a refinery capable of producing in excess of 160,000 barrels, or approximately 6.7 million gallons per day of finished gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel," said founder and co-CEO John Calce. "A permit for a greenfield refinery of this size, scope, and functionality has not been granted in the United States since the 1970's. This speaks to the innovative approaches we are taking to address climate and sustainability concerns in cleaner, greener ways that are new to the refinery space." The facility will produce enough low-carbon hydrogen to supply approximately 100% of the refinery's fuel requirements, essentially eliminating CO2 emissions. Hydrogen produced in excess of the refinery's needs will be used to generate low carbon, utility-scale electricity from Element's hydrogen-capable combined-cycle gas turbine power plant. Over 100 MW of excess electricity generated from Element's power plant will be made available to the Energy Reliability Council of Texas to reliably support the surrounding community's needs. "Element Fuels is not only ushering in the next generation of clean fuels, we're also proving that, without a doubt, there is a way to produce higher quality, cleaner, higher-octane fuels that significantly advance the energy transition," said Calce. "This changes everything--for the industry, for consumers, and for the well-being of the planet." Element Fuels has contracted with McDermott to provide front-end engineering design services for the facility, including offsites and utilities. (c) Copyright 2024 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
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