A new facility that will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports is to be built.
Essar Oil is joining forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy and Essar’s subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited in the project.
Plans for Fulcrum NorthPoint are expected to be complete at the end of this year and subject to planning consent. It is expected to be operational in late 2025.
This bio-refinery will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into about 100 million litres of low carbon SAF annually.
The £600 million (€687 million) project will use Fulcrum’s waste-to-fuel process, which is already being deployed at its pioneering facility outside of Reno, Nevada, where operations are due to begin later this year.
The development will see Fulcrum, whose parent is based in California, construct, own and operate the plant within Essar’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in the north-west of England. This will be the first Fulcrum plant outside the US.
Essar will assist with the blending and supply the new SAF to airlines, with Stanlow Terminals providing product storage and logistics solutions for the project under a long-term agreement.
The Stanlow project, named Fulcrum NorthPoint, will create 800 direct and indirect jobs during the design, build and commissioning process and over 100 permanent jobs during its operation. This new development promises to lead the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future in the north-west and change the way aviation fuel is made to help decarbonise the UK.
Stein Ivar Bye, CEO of Essar Oil UK, said: “Stanlow has produced high quality energy products for over 60 years and we intend to remain a key national supplier of energy for the UK into the future. Our sights are firmly set on helping to drive the UK’s decarbonisation strategy. This landmark development supports our long term sustainability ambition to deliver the energy solutions of the future and position Stanlow as the UK’s leading sustainable aviation fuel hub.
“It also complements the announcement last month regarding a blue hydrogen development at Stanlow as part of the HyNet project. Together, these initiatives will help diversify the refinery in a greener direction, and help achieve the UK’s decarbonisation goals.”
Patrick Walters, CEO of Stanlow Terminals, added: “This landmark announcement of our partnership with Fulcrum after our first year of operations is an excellent example of why Stanlow Terminals Limited was established. By offering efficient low carbon logistics solutions to develop third party business we support diversification of the traditional refinery business and become a fundamental part of the UK drive to become carbon neutral.”
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