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Phillips 66 reports full capacity milestone of renewable energy facility

The Rodeo Renewable Energy Complex will expand commercial-scale production to “position the company as a leader in renewable fuels." Photo via phillips66.com

Houston-based Phillips 66 announced the full conversion of a California renewable energy facility.

The Rodeo Renewable Energy Complex will expand commercial-scale production to “position the company as a leader in renewable fuels,” according to a news release.

The facility, located 200 miles south of San Francisco, California, increased rates to approximately 50,000 barrels per day (or 800 million gallons per year), which reached the company’s goal of achieving full capacity by the second quarter of 2024. This also aligns with its commitment to energy transition and provide customers with lower-carbon solutions.

The Rodeo complex has new pre-treatment units that process lower carbon intensity feedstocks like cooking oil, fats, greases and vegetable oil. It began producing approximately 30,000 barrels per day of renewable fuel at the end of the first quarter of 2024. Rodeo Renewed is designed to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, and was started in 2020, and mostly serves the West Coast and California areas.

“Phillips 66 has reached another important milestone, which is a testament to our employees’ dedication to achieving our company’s strategic priorities,” executive vice president of Refining Rich Harbison said in a news release. “The facility running at full capacity supports the growing demand for renewable fuels, lowers our carbon footprint and creates long-term value for our shareholders.”

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Nádia Skorupa Parachin joined Cemvita as vice president of industrial biotechnology. Photo courtesy of Cemvita

Houston-based biotech company Cemvita recently tapped two executives to help commercialize its sustainable fuel made from carbon waste.

Nádia Skorupa Parachin came aboard as vice president of industrial biotechnology, and Phil Garcia was promoted to vice president of commercialization.

Parachin most recently oversaw several projects at Boston-based biotech company Ginkjo Bioworks. She previously co-founded Brazilian biotech startup Integra Bioprocessos.

Parachin will lead the Cemvita team that’s developing technology for production of bio-manufactured oil.

“It’s a fantastic moment, as we’re poised to take our prototyping to the next level, and all under the innovative direction of our co-founder Tara Karimi,” Parachin says in a news release. “We will be bringing something truly remarkable to market and ensuring it’s cost-effective.”

Moji Karimi, co-founder and CEO of Cemvita, says the hiring of Parachin represents “the natural next step” toward commercializing the startup’s carbon-to-oil process.

“Her background prepared her to bring the best out of the scientists at the inflection point of commercialization — really bringing things to life,” says Moji Karimi, Tara’s brother.

Parachin joins Garcia on Cemvita’s executive team.

Before being promoted to vice president of commercialization, Garcia was the startup’s commercial director and business development manager. He has a background in engineering and business development.

Founded in 2017, Cemvita recently announced a breakthrough that enables production of large quantities of oil derived from carbon waste.

In 2023, United Airlines agreed to buy up to one billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Cemvita’s first full-scale plant over the course of 20 years.

Cemvita’s investors include the UAV Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment arm of Chicago-based United; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, an investment arm of Houston-based energy company Occidental Petroleum; and Japanese equipment and machinery manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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