LanzaJet Announces Milestone in SAF Plant Construction

 - December 13, 2022, 4:35 PM
Sustainable fuel technology pioneer LanzaJet is nearing completion of its Georgia facility which will bring SAF production to the U.S. East Coast. (Photo: LanzaJet)

Sustainable fuel technology developer and producer LanzaJet noted a milestone this week in the construction of its Freedom Pines Fuels project in Soperton, Georgia. This facility will bring sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production to the East Coast.

The company explained that the fabrication of the alcohol-to-jet production technology, developed in partnership with the U.S. Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is complete and that installation of the equipment that converts ethanol—derived from waste-based feedstock—into sustainable fuel has begun at the location.

“I’m proud to see LanzaJet continue to soar ahead as they develop sustainable aviation fuel,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia). “I was proud that the Inflation Reduction Act, which is now law, enacted provisions from the AERO Act, a bill I introduced and championed to boost sustainable aviation fuel production and bring more clean energy jobs to Georgia.”

When LanzaJet's first full-scale facility—located less than 100 miles from Savannah—begins operations next year, it is expected to produce 10 million gallons of SAF and renewable diesel annually, doubling the current U.S. SAF production.

LanzaJet has declared its ambition to eventually produce one billion gallons of SAF a year in support of the U.S. government’s SAF Grand Challenge, which targets three billion gallons of U.S. SAF production a year by 2030 and sufficient SAF by 2050 to meet the aviation industry’s decarbonization goal of net-zero emissions.

“We are showing the world that we can create domestic supplies of sustainable fuel, create secure supply chains, create new jobs, and support local industry,” said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of parent company LanzaTech. “Freedom Pines Fuels highlights a way to harness local-waste carbon and support a just energy transition for a better future for all.”