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Gevo, Air Total team up to supply sustainable aviation fuel in France

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Gevo and Air Total International have inked a partnership agreement to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Under the supply contract, Gevo will supply Air Total with SAF from its facility in Silsbee, Texas in the US, and later from the company’s expanded plant in Luverne, Minnesota. The expansion project is expected to take place over the next few years.

“We are pleased to work with Air Total as they join the crusade to decarbonise aviation fuel in France and other parts of Europe”, said Timothy J. Cesarek, CCO of Gevo. “This agreement with Air Total is a crucial first step as we ramp up supply to the environmentally conscious EU [European Union] aviation sector.”

Gevo produces isobutanol from grain, which is then converted into SAF that meets the ASTM D7566 Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesised Hydrocarbons. The fuel made through this process has very low sulphur content, few particulates and a marginally higher energy density than traditional petroleum-based jet fuel.