API magazine
October 1, 2020

Shell has announced that it will support SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plant.

The development of the DSL-01 production plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands, is led by SkyNRG, a long-term strategic partner of Shell Aviation. Shell said that it will bring its technical and commercial expertise to the development of the plant, and through participation in the project will secure the option to purchase sustainable aviation fuel produced at the facility. The DSL-01 production facility is on schedule for commissioning in 2022, representing the earliest dedicated commercial supply of sustainable aviation fuel to the aviation market in Europe. The plant will produce 100,000 t of sustainable aviation fuel annually, corresponding to a reduction in lifecycle CO2 equivalent emissions of approximately 270,000 t. According to Shell, it will also produce naphtha, and 15,000 t of bioLPG annually as a by-product.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has agreed to support the development for a 10-year period by purchasing 75,000 t of sustainable aviation fuel a year. The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen, produced local to the site in the Groningen Seaport. According to Shell, the combined benefits of the feedstocks, sustainable hydrogen, and use of low carbon energy to power production, will contribute to the production of sustainable aviation fuel with lifecycle carbon emissions approximately 85% lower than conventional jet fuels, as estimated by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.