Phillips 66 to convert refinery to renewables: Update

US independent refiner Phillips 66 plans to convert its San Francisco refining complex to the largest renewable fuels production site planned in the US.

The company over the next three years will idle crude processing at its 120,000 b/d San Francisco refinery and convert units in its Rodeo plant to produce 52,000 b/d of renewable fuels. The plans would halt crude processing at the refining complex by the end of 2023 to shift to renewable diesel, naphtha and jet fuel production in early 2024, pending regulatory approval.

Phillips 66 joins a wave of refinery conversions to renewables picking up speed after efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 sharply reduced transportation demand. Marathon Petroleum earlier this month said it may convert its idled 166,000 b/d refinery in nearby Martinez to begin 48,000 b/d of renewable diesel production in 2022. Marathon said today that it continues to evaluate that project. HollyFrontier ceased crude processing this month at its struggling 52,000 b/d refinery in Cheyenne, Wyoming, refinery, with plans to convert the facility to 6,000 b/d of renewable diesel production in 2022. And CVR Energy is on a fast track to convert one of its units at the 73,000 b/d refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to renewable diesel production, while continuing to process crude oil. Read more on ArgusMedia.com.