Biofuels

Galp began producing biofuels to protect the environment, comply with environmental specifications and extend the energy sector’s value chain.

As an integrated production player of biodiesel covering the whole chain, from raw material to marketing, we can ensure agricultural projects are environmentally and socially sustainable, while maximising emissions reduction throughout the product’s lifecycle.

This project will also contribute to increasing the security of supply by diversifying raw material sources.

Upstream

At the upstream level, the Company is running a palm oil plantation project in Brazil.

The plantations total about 41,400 hectares, planted between 2011 and 2015, and in 2018 they produced about 240 thousand tons of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) used for palm oil.

In the end of 2018, the first extractor of the project was started, with first oil of its own production obtained. In this new industrial unit we processed 95.5 kt of CFF, for a total of 18.4 kt of Crude Palm Oil (CPO), marketed for multiple purposes: food industry, refining for RBD (Refined, Bleached and Deodorized), biofuels, amongst others.

The production of FFB will grow gradually over the next few years, eventually reaching about 1 million tons of FFB per year, equivalent to around 200 kton of CPO. 

Downstream

At the downstream level, it is worth highlighting operations from Enerfuel, a production unit located in Sines for the production of advanced biofuels.

It has an installed capacity of 25 kton of biofuel per year, and it is 100% dedicated to processing waste oils and waste animal fats into biodiesel.

In 2018, it produced about 24 kton of biodiesel from waste raw materials (2G biodiesel), biofuels which represent around 83% lower emissions.

We are also producers of renewable biofuels in the Sines refinery by co-processing vegetable oil together with gasoil, resulting in a final diesel fuel indistinguishable from diesel of fossil origin. In 2018 we produced around 37.000 m3 and we expect to increase production up to 44.000 m3 in 2019.

Actions and objectives

In 2018, Galp introduced around 130 thousand m³ of biodiesel in road transport in Portugal. In Spain, around 130 thousand m³ of biofuels were also introduced, in compliance with local legislation. 

Galp will continue to comply with the introduction of biofuels in Iberia in accordance with objectives set by the European Commission and the respective countries.

In 2020, Galp expects to achieve the 10% contribution goal, using the various renewable supplements available for both gasoline and diesel.

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