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Delta signs offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel with NWABF

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US airline Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), if produced, from Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF).

The offtake agreement builds on Delta’s $2 million (€1.8 million) investment for an ongoing feasibility study for the sustainable jet fuel with NWABF.

The study, which was announced in October 2019 and is currently underway, is expected to determine the potential for a facility in the US state of Washington that could supply SAF for Delta’s operations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by the middle of this year.

Through this latest agreement to offtake SAF if produced from the facility, Delta is building upon a recent deal signed with renewable fuel producer Gevo for biofuel production in Minnesota, which is expected to be available between 2022 and 2023.

“This focused study and long-term agreement will support Delta’s goals to lower our carbon footprint aggressively,” said Alison Lathrop, Delta’s managing director for global environment, sustainability and compliance. “Investing in developing multiple sources of sustainable aviation fuel is one of the many ways we are looking to address climate change. Working alongside Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels to produce and utilise sustainable aviation fuel could serve as an industry-best-practice-model for future endeavours.”

“We are very excited to deepen our work with Delta Air Lines and both of our world class teams to improve sustainability,” added Dave Smoot, head of NWABF. “Our fuel project and agreement will bolster Delta as a key leader in the renewable sustainable aviation fuel industry.”

The offtake agreement with NWABF anticipates fuel production by the end of 2023, while the advanced planning study is expected to conclude later this year.