Chevron Lummus to supply tech for Chinese SAF plant


Chevron Lummus Global announced that it will provide its ISOTERRA technology for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in China.

The company will provide the technology license, engineering services, and supply proprietary equipment and catalysts for this first-of-its-kind facility.

“We are honored to be entrusted with advancing China’s sustainability goals through our proven ISOTERRA technology,” said Rajesh Samarth, CEO, Chevron Lummus Global. “With more than 12 years of lipids hydrotreating and isomerization catalyst experience, we are confident that our ISOTERRA technology is well positioned to deliver exceptional results for this project and the region.”

The renewable fuels plant in China is expected to have a production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per annum and will process a variety of lipid feedstocks, including plant-derived oils, animal fats, and used cooking oils, to produce SAF.

Moreover, the plant will also have the flexibility to produce renewable diesel.

Through this project, the operator will become a major sustainable aviation fuel producer in the region, supporting China’s dual carbon goal of reducing carbon emissions by 2030 and striving for carbon neutrality by 2060.

The press release did not share any details on the Chinese SAF project beyond the capacity.

Chevron Lummus Global is a joint venture between Chevron USA and Lummus Technology for the production of renewable and conventional transportation fuels, premium base oils, and sustainable petrochemicals from a wide range of feedstocks.