Global aviation fuel provider Air bp and sustainable fuel producer Neste have inked an agreement to increase the flow of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to airports over the coming year. The projected amount will total five times the volume of SAF the companies delivered in 2019. The augmented shipments will begin over the next few weeks to Stockholm and Oslo, with other European airports to follow.
The companies noted that the ramp-up of production comes in response to increasing demand from existing and new customers, as well as from Norway, which mandates that 0.5 percent of aviation fuel sold in-country consists of SAF. Oslo Airport was the first to provide Neste SAF through its existing fueling infrastructure.
Neste currently can produce 100,000 tons of SAF a year. It is expanding its Singapore refinery and has plans to invest in its Rotterdam facility, which could boost its annual output to 1.5 million tons a year by 2023.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and its economic implications have not changed our ambition,” said Thorsten Lange, Neste’s executive v-p of renewable aviation. “We are looking to continue our close collaboration with Air bp and jointly contributing to a more sustainable aviation.”