Part of McDermott’s business includes creating and delivering sustainable solutions that reduce our impact on the environment and society and enable our customers to maximize the potential of natural resources. To meet this commitment, McDermott leverages one of the industry’s most robust technology portfolios—and continues to develop cutting-edge technology to achieve the best results for our clients’ sustainability objectives.
Some of these solutions include:
- Biofuels technology – Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), McDermott’s joint venture with Chevron, jointly developed this technology with Applied Research Associates (ARA) biofuels ISOCONVERSION to provide customers with the capability to convert a wide variety of low-cost, contaminated waste feedstocks such as yellow grease, brown grease and used cooking oil into fuel. This process can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared to petroleum.
- Heavy crude desulfurization – CLG offers technology and catalysts for upgrading heavy crude residues into ultra-low sulfur fuel oil to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for cleaner fuels. IMO requirements take effect in 2020 and require a reduction in fuel oil sulfur from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent globally.
- Alkylate gasoline reformulation technology – McDermott offers Lummus CDAlky and AlkyClean® technologies for the production of alkylation which is a necessary component in high octane gasoline. High octane gasoline is increasingly used in newer, higher efficiency auto engines which produce fewer CO2 emissions and limit harmful tailpipe emissions.
- Sulfur recovery – Lummus Technology specializes in providing sulfur control and removal technologies to help refiners meet today’s emissions standards through patented oxygen enhancement solutions.
- NET Power, a partnership between McDermott, Exelon, 8 Rivers Capital and Occidental, is developing a new natural gas power generation technology to produce affordable electricity with zero carbon emissions. In this partnership, McDermott is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for NET Power plants including the pilot plant in LaPorte, Texas, which is in the final testing phases.
We understand the challenges facing our customers and communities and will continue to generate innovative ideas and initiatives to help build a more sustainable future. We are continuously upgrading our technology portfolio to reduce feedstocks and fuel consumption through improved product yields and more efficient plant. From technology to early engineering and throughout project execution, we are committed to working with our customers to achieve their sustainability goals.