British Airways and Phillips 66 Limited have entered into a multi-year supply agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced at its Humber Refinery.
The SAF will be supplied to British Airways to power a number of its flights from this year.
It will be produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the refinery, which will deliver its SAF supply to British Airways via existing pipeline infrastructure that feeds directly into UK airports.
Humber Refinery General Manager Darren Cunningham, the lead executive for Phillips 66 in the UK, said the announcement reflected the importance the aviation and energy industries were placing on sustainability.
“The Humber Refinery was the first in the UK to co-process waste oils to produce renewable fuels and now we will be the first to produce SAF at scale, and we are delighted British Airways is our first UK customer,” Cunningham said. “We’re currently refining almost half a million litres of sustainable waste feedstocks a day, and this is just a start. Markets for lower-carbon products are growing, and this agreement demonstrates our ability to supply them.”
Last year Phillips 66 Limited invested significantly to expand its production of fuels from waste feedstocks. The investment is part of a broader energy transition plan to reduce the carbon intensity of its refinery operations and products that support 1,000 Humber Refinery jobs.
“This agreement with British Airways aligns with our strategy to create a refinery of the future, where we’re producing fuels from waste, being a critical part of the electric vehicle supply chain, reducing the carbon intensity of our processes through carbon capture and using hydrogen to power the refinery,” Cunningham said. “It secures long-term business in an ever-changing world.”
The British Airways agreement follows the announcement in April of a memorandum of understanding between Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines to advance SAF.
“This agreement marks another important step on our journey to net zero carbon emissions and forms part of our commitment, as part of International Airlines Group, to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030,” said Sean Doyle, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive. “The UK has the resources and capabilities to be a global leader in the development of SAF and scaling up the production of SAF requires a truly collaborative approach between industry and government.”
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