World Energy Paramount, California
Project: World Energy, Paramount, California
Feedstock: HEFA – used cooking oils and animal fats
Process: Honeywell UOP Ecofining
Location: Paramount California, USA
Project Launched: 2013
SAF Production started: 2016
2024 SAF Production target: 250m gallons
2050 SAF Production target: Produce fuels that will displace over 76 million metric tons of CO2.
Customers: Amazon Air, United, JetBlue, Rolls-Royce, Etihad
Partners: Honeywell UOP, Air Products
Other products: Renewable diesel, green hydrogen
World Energy Paramount was the world’s first commercial-scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) facility. It started building the facility in 2013 using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining. The site was a existing refinery that has been converted. It received permits to increase output in April 2022.
April 2022 comments:
“World Energy’s transformation of its facility to producing 100 percent sustainable fuel is good for the planet and it’s good for our City,” said Paramount Mayor Vilma Cuellar Stallings. “Locally, the refinery will never again deal with petroleum products, which of course will be healthy for our residents. We welcome this change.”
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) conducted a multiregional economic impact analysis and estimates that between 2019 and 2024, World Energy’s ongoing operations and conversion will contribute $19.2 billion to the U.S. economy and generate more than 18,000 jobs.
“Getting real about net-zero aviation, is going to require the mobilization of expertise and resources far beyond anything that has come before,” said Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy. “We are pulling together the very best companies in the world with the expertise, experience, commitment, and focus to collaborate on pushing the frontier of what can be done to decarbonize aviation today while building a platform for what needs to be done to decarbonize flight entirely by 2050. This is an immense undertaking. But it must be done, and it requires that we move with the speed, coordination, and determination befitting the problem we are working to tackle.”
“This project is another pioneering moment in Air Products’ commitment to help support the energy transition. We are already building the world’s largest green hydrogen facility with our partners in Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest blue hydrogen facility in Louisiana. Now we are teaming up with World Energy to build North America’s largest SAF facility,” said Seifi Ghasemi , Air Products’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased to be working with World Energy, enabling another U.S. megaproject that will provide measurable sustainability benefits and advance California’s decarbonization goals by producing a renewable fuel to meet the growing demands of the aviation industry.”
“As one of the pioneers of the SAF market with Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology, our long-term engagement with World Energy continues to help transform the industry and support the goal of a significantly reducing CO2 emissions,” Bryan Glover, President and CEO, Honeywell UOP. “Our participation in this project will not only allow World Energy to build one of the most technologically advanced SAF production and distribution hubs globally, it also helps accelerate the energy transition of the aviation industry.”