Fintoil and Neste Engineering Solutions selected Emerson’s automation software and technologies to maximize the operational performance of its biorefinery being constructed in the port of Hamina-Kotka, Finland.

To reduce project risk and ensure schedule and budget are maintained, Emerson will apply its Project Certainty methodology, which digitalizes project execution and uses practices such as remote testing of equipment. In addition, Emerson consultancy services will advise on the implementation of cybersecurity best practices to enhance plant security performance.

Fintoil and Neste Engineering Solutions will implement Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system, DeltaV safety instrumented system and DeltaV Live operator interface software to enable efficient production, greater visibility of operational performance and process, and emergency shutdown for improved plant and worker safety.

The plant, according to the companies, will be the third-largest crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery in the world. It will produce advanced biofuel and biochemical feedstocks that help lower emissions and reduce reliance on fossil-based fuels. The plant will refine CTO, a byproduct of the wood pulping process, to produce a sustainable feedstock for renewable second-generation diesel, as well as rosin, sterol pitch and turpentine, used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The companies say these CTO derivatives have a carbon footprint up to 90 percent smaller than their fossil-based equivalents.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2022. The expected annual capacity of 200,000 tons will create a 400,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, which is roughly 1 percent of Finland’s total emissions.