Saudi Aramco wins award for clean fuel technology

February 4, 2009

Saudi Aramco has been awarded the National Oil Companies (NOC) Forum Environmental Stewardship Award for its groundbreaking research on Electron Beam Flue Gas Treatment (EBFGT) technology.

 

The Award recognizes member organizations that have demonstrated a voluntary commitment to excellence in environmental stewardship.

Saudi Aramco, in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT) in Warsaw, Poland, conducted the research.

The main objective was to find an environmentally acceptable way to use high-sulfur, low-cost liquid fuel in Saudi Aramco operating facilities. Laboratory analyses conducted at INCT consistently removed more than 90 percent of sulfur oxides and more than 80 percent of nitrogen oxide from the liquid fuel.

The study also showed that, unlike conventional technologies that generate large volumes of waste, the by-product generated by EBFGT was a high-quality fertilizer.