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BA mothballs GreenSky jet fuel project

UK air carrier British Airways has announced that it has been forced to mothball its GreenSky sustainable aviation fuel project that was to produce jet fuel from municipal waste and supply it to London City Airport (LCY).

British Airways has “been forced” to mothball the GreenSky sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project that was to supply London City Airport with up to 50 000 tonnes per annum of biojet fuel (photo courtesy British Airways).

According to a Guardian newspaper report, British Airways announced that it has “been forced” to shelve its GreenSky project in part due to a lack of government support. The national air carrier had planned to use 600 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW), collected in London, to produce over 50 000 tonnes of biojet fuel and 50 000 tonnes of renewable diesel annually.

The GreenSky project was to have used Solena Fuel’s Plasma Gasification (SPG) technology, which is said to process 20-50 percent more waste than conventional gasification technologies, and Velocys technology for production of the jet fuel. In October 2015, US-headed Solena Fuels filed for bankruptcy.

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