Italy’s Eni is assessing the feasibility of developing and operating a biorefinery in Malaysia in collaboration with Japan’s Euglena and Malaysia’s Petronas.

The partners are currently undertaking technical and economic feasibility assessments for the proposed facility.

Eni said in a statement: “The complex’s strategic location with easy access to major international shipping lanes will also enhance the planned refinery’s ability to cater for the rising demand for sustainable solutions worldwide.”

To be located adjacent to Petronas’ existing integrated refinery and petrochemical facilities, the proposed biorefinery is planned for completion by 2025.

The biorefinery is expected to have a processing capacity of approximately 650,000 tonnes per annum of raw materials.

It will have a production capacity of up to 12,500 barrels per day of biofuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), and bio-naphtha.

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Petronas downstream business refining, marketing and trading vice-president Ahmad Adly Alias said: “As Petronas continues to chart its course into the biofuels space, decarbonising and diversifying its production portfolio to cater for the rising global demand for sustainable solutions, this collaboration is momentous to unlock the partners’ respective strengths and jointly strengthen our position in the field of biofuels in Malaysia and around the world.”

Featuring Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process that was developed in cooperation with Eni, the proposed project will have a flexible configuration to maximise the production of sustainable fuels for aircraft, trains, on-road vehicles, and marine transportation.