Colorado Sees First Continuous SAF Supply

 - April 16, 2021, 12:25 PM
Telluride Regional Airport in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains became the first dealer in the state to provide a continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel. (Photo: Avfuel)

Colorado’s Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX) has become the first location in Colorado to continually stock sustainable aviation fuel. The airport-operated FBO received its first demonstration load of Neste MY SAF on February 27, with two additional tanker loads the following month. On Thursday, the first of what will be a continuous supply was delivered, with each 7,600-gallon truckload of the blended SAF representing a 22-tonne reduction of CO2 emissions over its lifecycle.

The Neste drop-in fuel—supplied by Avfuel and produced from renewable waste and residue materials—meets all ASTM standards when blended with conventional jet-A. As testing by engine manufacturers continues, unblended SAF use in the future could deliver up to 80 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to traditional jet fuel.

“Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announce this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making,” said KTEX manager Kenneth Maenpa.

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels, thanked the airport for providing cleaner solutions amid one of the world’s most stunning environments. “We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions but also raises awareness of the environmental benefits and safety of the product.”