Trapil, Altens, and Naste Transport HVO Biofuel through Pipeline for the First Time

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Trapil, Altens, and Naste Transport HVO Biofuel through Pipeline for the First Time

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France-based pipeline network operator Trapil announced its new steps in energy transition on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, to allow the transport of all liquid low carbon fuels such as synthetic fuels, sustainable jet fuels, and bioethanol.

According to a press release published on Tuesday, April 12 by Trapil, the company, alongside Altens and Neste, took a new step to achieve decarbonization on March 30, 2022, with the first transport of HVO biofuel in Europe Le Havre and Gennevilliers in the Suburbs of France by pipeline already successful.

The outstanding environmental performance of the first successful transport of HVO biofuel in Europe implies that HVO is set to become the best option for fuel transporters to decarbonize their activities.

Low-carbon Supply

Alten, a leading distributor of several 100% renewable fuels, enforces the use of low-carbon logistics in its organization as it pushes to ensure environmental performance.

According to Alten President Mohammed Bennama, the use of oil pipelines reduces greenhouse gas emissions from its products.

The company works with its partners, giant manufacturers of renewable diesel Neste and energy transporter Trapil, to innovate and utilize unique logistics in its operations.

Due to the technical aspects of the pipeline transport mode, it is currently only reserved for HVO biofuel.

Liquid Fuel Transport

Alten's co-founder Etienne Valtel mentioned that the network of pipelines supplies the whole region of Paris with liquid fuels.

Trapil delivered over 3.5 million liters of PUR-XTL via pipeline on March 28, 2022, a distance of 200km from Compagnie Industrielle Maritime (CIM) tank farm to the SOGEPP tank farm, Alten's storage point for its products before supplying to the Paris region.

The delivery, done in less than 48hours, aimed to avoid 110 rotations in tank trucks and cut down the impact of transport by 100 tons of CO2.

Pipeline transport exhibits outstanding environmental performance compared to other modes of delivery as it emits 26 times less greenhouse gas emissions than a tanker truck and 36% less than an electric rail train.

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