LanzaJet technology to be used in new biofuel production facility

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Mitsui and Cosmo Oil will carry out a study using technology from LanzaJet in preparation for the establishment of a biofuel production facility to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The new business will combine Cosmo's track record of safe and stable plant operations, jet fuel quality management, and trading operations in the oil refining business, with Mitsui's ethanol procurement capabilities and LanzaJet's proprietary SAF technology.
Mitsui and Cosmo aim to establish large-scale domestic SAF production operations at Cosmo refineries, using LanzaJet's proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology.
LanzaJet's ATJ process is a highly efficient technology that can produce up to 90% of its product as SAF and convert nearly all of the carbon from the ethanol to hydrocarbon products.
Japan will also need to realise large-scale production capacity for and stable supply of SAF to achieve a government target of replacing 10% of aviation fuel used by airlines in SAF by 2030.
To resolve these issues, Mitsui and Cosmo plan to produce and supply 220,000 kiloliters of SAF in Japan annually by fiscal 2027 through this project.
The two companies will also explore the possibility of each year selling 20,000 kiloliters of renewable diesel, which is a co-product of SAF production, as a fuel for transport vehicles, trucks, heavy equipment, and other machinery used at airports.
The two companies see SAF manufacturing as a medium- to long-term business opportunity and will continue to contribute to the decarbonisation of the aviation industry and the reliable supply of low-carbon fuels by continually expanding their SAF manufacturing operations in Japan, and by pursuing switching to domestic production of ethanol feedstock in the future.