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Repsol produces Spain's first SAF derived from waste

Spain-headed oil and multi-energy major Repsol S.A has announced that it has successfully completed the manufacture of the first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or biojet produced from waste at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. This is the third batch of SAF produced by Repsol at three different refineries in Spain.

Repsol S.A has successfully completed the manufacture of the first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or biojet produced from waste at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. The Petróleos del Norte (Petronor) refinery, located in Múskiz, near Bilbao northern Spain has a refining capacity of 220 000 barrels per day (photo courtesy Petronor).

According to Repsol, this is a significant milestone in the production of fuels with a low carbon footprint representing a “move forward” in the decarbonization of fuels for air transport, a segment where electrification is not currently viable.

The batch consists of 5 300 tonnes of fuel and meets strict product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain. Its use will avoid the emission of 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

This is the third production of SAF carried out by Repsol in Spain following two other batches at the company’s Puertollano and Tarragona refineries, in 2020 and early 2021, respectively, where biomass was used as raw material. In the recently manufactured SAF batch in Bilbao, waste has been used as feedstock, thus integrating circular economy into the process.

Repsol says that it is another example of the transformation of Repsol’s industrial complexes to become multi-energy hubs, capable of manufacturing products with a low, zero, or even a negative carbon footprint and one of the company’s main strategic axes to achieve its goal of becoming a net-zero emissions company by 2050.

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