World’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant to go-ahead

Aaron Morby 10 years ago
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British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.

Its development partner Solena Fuels is to build the plant employing around 1,000 workers at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the former Coryton oil refinery site in Thurrock.

Construction on the complex, which will be called the GreenSky plant, is due to start within the next 12 months and be completed in 2017.

This ground-breaking fuel project is set to revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel.

Up to 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s innovative integrated technology.

British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry.

“The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly.

“The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Solena has been developing the project and will be using its patented high temperature plasma gasification technology to convert the waste efficiently into synthetic gas.

The gas will then be converted into liquid hydrocarbons at the plant.

With the initial engineering design completed, Solena and its partners are now starting the next phase of engineering of the GreenSky London facility.

 

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