World Energy has selected Bechtel’s SWSPlus technology to treat the sour water at the company’s renewable fuels facility in Paramount, California. World Energy is a supplier of biodiesel, offering over 200 million gallons (660,660 metric tons) of annual biodiesel production.
Bechtel will provide a license and the engineering support to implement the technology that will further improve the environmental performance of World Energy’s renewable fuels production process. According to Bechtel, the benefits that World Energy will realize from the implementation of its SWSPlus technology will include reduction of NOx emissions, because the ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are recovered before incineration. The recovered hydrogen sulfide can be converted to elemental sulfur and the ammonia can be used within the refinery or sold as an additional source of revenue. This will provide greater efficiency for the facility because of the removal of ammonia from downstream processes.
“When leaders like World Energy implement emerging technologies that support more climate-friendly processes and facilities, it helps to accelerate adoption across the industry,” said Paul Marsden, president of Bechtel’s Energy business. “By collaborating with our customers who are committed to decreasing carbon emissions, we are shaping the future of energy together.”
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bechtel is an engineering, construction, and project management company.