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Neste, ENOC Group partner to drive SAF initiatives

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By Neste Corp.

December 01, 2023

BusinessSustainable Aviation Fuels

Neste and ENOC Group have agreed to collaborate to explore the possibilities of supplying and purchasing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Dubai and the wider Middle East North Africa (MENA) region in the coming years.

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Alaska Airlines is partnering with climate-tech company CHOOOSE to provide new options for sustainability-minded guests to take action on their travel-related carbon emissions by purchasing SAF credits or support nature-based climate projects.

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BioForming Sugar to Aromatics (S2A) technology developed by Virent and Johnson Matthey has enabled the first-ever drop-in 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) trans-Atlantic flight by a commercial airline.

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Shell and Rotterdam The Hague Airport have signed a long-term agreement to blend sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on all aircraft fueled at the airport, starting in 2024. The airport has set a minimum target of 8 percent SAF blending.

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Swedish fuel company Preem on Nov. 27 announced it will invest SEK 5.5 billion ($532.82 million) to convert its refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Virgin Atlantic’s historic flight on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) took off from London Heathrow to New York JFK on Nov. 28. The flight demonstrates the capability of SAF as a safe drop-in replacement for fossil derived jet fuel.

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Santa Maria Renewable Resources has selected Topsoe as its technology provider and will implement the company’s Hydroflex and H2bridge technologies at its planned biorefinery in Texas. Chemex Global will provide FEED for the plant.

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During the Williamtown Air Show in Australia, the Roulettes, the Royal Australian Air Force's aerobatic display team, performed a first public display using Neste’s SAF. The fuel was supplied by Viva Energy in cooperation with Neste and Vitol.

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Emirates has become the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 demonstration flight with one of the aircraft’s four engines powered with Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight took off on Nov. 22 from Dubai International Airport.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Nov. 20 announced the successful completion of the world's first trans-Atlantic flight using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Accomplished on Nov. 19, the flight took place on a Gulfstream G600 aircraft.

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Rolls-Royce on Nov. 13 announced that it has successfully completed compatibility testing of 100 percent SAF on all its in-production civil aero engine types. All the tests confirmed the use of 100 percent SAF does not affect engine performance.

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Reps. Nikki Budzinski, D-Ill., and Zach, Nunn, R-Iowa, on Nov. 15 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.

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Conestoga Energy and SAFFiRE Renewables LLC announced on Nov. 16 their agreement for Conestoga to host SAFFiRE’s cellulosic ethanol pilot plant at Conestoga’s Arkalon Energy ethanol facility in Liberal, Kansas.

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Jetex has announced it is now offering sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its flagship private terminal in Dubai, giving aircraft operators and private owners the opportunity to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Aemetis expects to secure the authority to construct air permit for its proposed SAF/RD project in early 2024, according statements made during a Q3 earnings call. Company officials also discussed ongoing biogas, ethanol, biodiesel and CCS projects.

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Emerson, a leader in industrial software and technology, has been chosen by DG Fuels to provide comprehensive automation and project engineering to help transportation sector decarbonization efforts through production of advanced biofuels.

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Honeywell has announced that CVR Renewables CVL LLC will utilize its Ecofining technology in its evaluation of a potential project that would produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and other products.

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Eni and Saipem on Nov. 6 signed an agreement for the development of biorefining. The agreement supports the development of biorefineries for the production of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, on Nov. 7 introduced the bipartisan Farm to Fly Act, which aims to create new markets for U.S. agricultural products and strengthen domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has issued Virgin Atlantic with a permit to fly a world-first transatlantic 100 percent SAF flight. Virgin Atlantic plans to fly across the Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK on Nov. 28.

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The first Emirates flights operating with SAF provided by Shell Aviation have taken off from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Emirates’ flight EK 412 bound for Sydney on Oct. 24 was among the first to operate with SAF.

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Southwest Airlines Co. on Nov. 2 announced an offtake agreement with USA BioEnergy LLC for up to 680 million gallons of neat sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over a 20-year period from USA Bioenergy’s proposed facility in Texas.

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SATORP, platform jointly owned by Aramco (62.5 percent) and TotalEnergies (37.5 percent), has for the first time in the MENA region successfully converted used cooking oil through coprocessing into ISCC+ certified SAF.

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CVR Energy Inc. processed a record volume of renewable feedstock at its Wynnewood refinery during Q4. The facility’s feedstock pretreatment unit is nearing mechanical completion and CVR is continuing to evaluate the possibility of producing SAF.

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Seventy industry leaders covering nearly the entire supply chain for SAF, including major airlines, are calling on the Biden Administration to recognize the GREET model as a “similar methodology” for purposes of the IRA’s SAF tax credit.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and five of his colleagues are urging the IRS to ensure that fuels made from petroleum products, specifically plastic feedstocks, are unable to qualify for the IRA’s SAF and clean fuels production tax credits.

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Phillips 66 has confirmed the renewables conversion of its refinery in Rodeo, California, is progressing on schedule with startup expected in Q1 2024. Once fully operational, the facility will have the capacity to produce 800 MMgy of renewable fuels.

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SAF reduces the number of ultrafine particles that are emitted from the aircraft engines, thereby improving air quality. This is one of the conclusions drawn from a large-scale international study using a SAS aircraft at Copenhagen Airport.

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Valero Energy Corp. released Q3 financial results on Oct. 26, reporting significantly higher earnings and production volumes for its ethanol segment. Renewable diesel sales volumes were also up and the company’s SAF project remains on schedule.

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Neste Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 26, reporting a 40 percent increase in comparable EBITDA for its Renewable Products segment. Margins and sales volumes for renewable diesel and SAF were also up.

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