Shell announces support for Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel plant

(Business Green, 15 Nov 2019) SkyNRG plant aims to use waste cooking oil and hydrogen to produce aviation fuel with lifecycle carbon emissions approximately 85 per cent lower than conventional jet fuels.

Shell's aviation fuel arm is to support Europe's first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in the Netherlands, the oil giant announced yesterday.

Shell is to provide technical and commercial expertise to the plant, which is expected to become operational in 2022. It is designed to produce 100,000 tonnes of fuel a year, resulting in a reduction in lifecycle CO2 equivalent emissions of approximately 270,000 tonnes.

The plant will also produce naphtha, and 15,000 tonnes of bioLPG each year as a by-product. SkyNRG, which will run the plant, was founded by airline Royal Dutch KLM, consultants Spring Associates, and EME in a bid to develop the embryonic market for sustainable aviation fuels.

Its advisors include WWF International, the European Climate Foundation, Solidaridad Network, and the University of Groningen.

The plant is set to produce fuel made from waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil sourced from regional industries. The facility will run on hydrogen, manufactured locally in the Groningen Seaport.

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Business Green, 15 Nov 2019: Shell announces support for Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel plant