Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

The First European Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant to be supported by Shell

Shell announced on the 14th of November that its aviation fuel wing will be supporting the European plant dedicated to aviation fuel production, based in the Netherlands.

The plant is expected to start operating in 2022, after being technically and commercially trained by Shell. 100,000 tons of fuel is expected to be produced by the plant per year, which will result in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 270,000 metric tons.

Naptha, as well as a by-product in the form of bioLPG of around 15,000 metric tons, will be produced by the plant each year. The plant will be run by SkyNRG, founded by Royal Dutch KLM airlines. The European Climate Foundation, WWF International, Solidaridad Network and the University of Groningen are among its advisors.

According to the vice president of Shell Aviation, Anna Mascolo, the aviation industry should collaborate with the industry players, to tackle the issue of carbon emissions, and it should be supported regarding investments and technical innovations, as well as a dire need for multiple solution sets for transforming the world into a zero-emission one.

Streams of residue, as cooking oil from local industries, and waste are to be used as raw material for fuel production. Locally produced Hydrogen from the Groningen Seaport will be used to run the facility.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ certification body estimated that the fuel’s lifecycle CO2 emission will be reduced by around 85 percent, relative to regular jet fuels, by using hydrogen and low carbon energy for power production.

Shell announced that in reward for its support, the aviation wing will have the option of security for the purchase of the facility’s manufactured oil.

There are a few jet biofuel projects in the world, as Lincolnshire’s planned biorefinery plant invested by Shell and airline BA in the UK, which are under development currently, and the SkyNRG project is one of them.