Air BP Is Handling the Camelina-Based Product from Neste
Which Is ‘Delivered Through the Normal Supply Mechanism’
As of this past Friday, all airlines operating out of Norway’s Oslo Airport Gardermoenm have the option to purchase biofuel from Air BP. The camelina-based fuel is produced by Neste in Finland, and shipped as a 50-50 blend with conventional petroleum-based product.
Lufthansa, SAS and KLM have already signed up to use the biofuel, states an Oslo Airport release.
“Oslo Airport is now the world’s first major international airport with regular deliveries of jet biofuel,” Norway Transport and Communications Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen says in the airport announcement. “22 January is a red letter day for international aviation,” he said.
From the Main Fuel Farm
“All airlines landing at Oslo Airport can have jet biofuel delivered from the airport’s main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant mechanism,” says Air BP, citing collaboration with the airport operator Avinor, and the sustainable biofuel specialist SkyNRG, which brokers the fuel.
According to Neste’s announcement, “The fuel is transported to Oslo as a 50% blend with fossil aviation fuel, and its distribution takes place via the airport’s existing distribution system.”
“The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is currently limited more by legislation than the aviation industry’s strategic intent regarding the use of renewable fuels,” said Neste renewable products executive VP Kaisa Hietala.
‘Works Exactly Like Fossil Fuel’
“We have already proved that premium-quality renewable aviation fuel works exactly like fossil fuel,” she said. We consider that the most functional and cost-effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is for the aviation industry to use renewable fuels as low blends. We will continue our cooperation with the aviation industry to make premium-quality renewable fuels also available to the aviation industry,” Hietala said.
“Avinor and Air BP are convinced that this represents the start of a trend toward making jet biofuel an interesting commercial option worldwide,” states the Oslo Airport announcement. Air BP says it “anticipates this will lay the foundations for the increased adoption worldwide of jet biofuel supply.”
“The fact that we’re able to supply sustainable jet fuel through the existing fuel infrastructure demonstrates that the industry is now ready to take the next step in the development of this market, with Lufthansa, KLM and SAS as launching customers,” SkyNRG CEO Maarten van Dijk says in his company’s Friday release.
“We see that the Nordics, and especially Norway with Avinor’s airport incentive, have the basis and momentum to quickly move forward,” he said.
330,000 Gallons to Start
Air BP has agreed to take delivery of 1.25 million liters – more than 330,000 U.S. gallons at Oslo. “The goal is to gradually increase this volume in the years to come and establish regular commercial delivery of jet biofuel to Oslo Airport,” the airport says, adding, “Air BP has ambitions of becoming a pioneer in delivering biofuel to the aviation sector and the collaboration with Avinor is viewed as an important step in the right direction.”
“This is the first time jet biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly,” said Air BP CEO David Gilmour. “We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease, utilizing existing physical infrastructure.
‘We Hope to Inspire Other Airports’
“We anticipate that this will increase interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector,” Gilmour aid.
“With the recent Paris agreement signed and the airline industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, we are delighted to be the first airport in the world to enable refueling of biofuel from our existing fuel farm and hydrant dispenser system,” said Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen. “As first movers we hope to inspire other airports and airlines to follow suit so we can all work towards the desired low carbon future.”
Camelina Does Not Compete with Food Crops
Avinor notes that Oslo Airport serves approximately 24 million travellers via more than 235,000 aircraft movements per year.
Air BP notes that camelina is an oilseed crop, native to Northern Europe and Central Asia. It’s a flowering plant that can be grown in semi-arid regions, as a rotational crop with traditional cereal, where other oilseed crops are not viable. Camelina “maximizes fallow land periods and does not compete with other food crops or feedstock,” Air BP says.
Grown in Spain
The camelina for Oslo is grown in Spain by the Camelina Company Espana, a partner in ITAKA, the EU-supported Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation. CCE’s camelina oil is shipped to the Neste refinery in Porvoo, Finland for processing. It is blended with conventional jet A fuel in Sweden at an approximate ratio of 48% biofuel to 52% fossil fuel. The resulting product meets ASTM D1655/DEFSTAN 91-91 specifications for aviation turbine fuels.
Neste also supplies renewable diesel for on-road vehicles, and through the distributor Golden gate petroleum has made significant inroads in California, including the displacement of all petroleum diesel for the city of San Francisco and some neighboring San Francisco Bay Area towns, with a large contract for California state vehicles as well (F&F, December 11). The renewable diesel for the western U.S. is refined in Singapore.
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Source: Avinor/Oslo Airport, Air BP, Neste with Fleets & Fuels follow-up