Case Study

Creating the world's largest renewable fuels plant

Aerial view of Phillips 66's San Francisco Refinery.

Imagine a world powered by the waste oil from cooking your food. With demand for renewable fuels increasing, we’re supporting Phillips 66 make this a reality on its Rodeo Renewed project in California.

Instead of producing crude oil to make fuels, the Rodeo facility will be converted to produce renewable transportation fuels from used vegetable oils, fats and greases. The refinery conversion will significantly reduce criteria pollutants from operation. And make the plant one of the largest of its kind, capable of producing an initial 800 million gallons per year of renewable fuels.

Sharing the vision for a sustainable future

Phillips 66 wanted a consultant who shared its vision and could help come up with the critical answers it needed to move the project forward.

We brought together an integrated team of refining, renewable fuels, permitting and wastewater treatment experts from around the world. Together, we developed a detailed plan and completed a comprehensive feasibility study and cost estimate for the project.

This included repurposing the existing hydrocracking units to enable the production of renewable fuels, conceptualizing the pre-treatment units, selecting the technology, and designing the full system.

Our team helped make the design more feasible, cost effective and safer. And we gave Phillips 66 a plan to move the project forward, which we delivered in record time and on budget.

Making it feasible to progress into engineering

Phillips 66 is now moving into the next phase of the project with a viable pathway to build the plant. And our colleagues at Worley are now working on the front-end engineering services for the world-scale development.

We continue to deliver support to Phillips 66 on this project by providing value engineering services.