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Shell signs cellulosic fuels purchase agreement with Red Rock Biofuels

In the United States (US), advanced biofuels developer Red Rock Biofuels LLC has announced that it has entered into a Cellulosic Fuel Purchase and Sale Agreement with global oil and gas major Shell Aviation (Shell). Under the deal, Shell will purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from Red Rock Biofuels' new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon (OR).

Red Rock Biofuels LLC has entered into a Cellulosic Fuel Purchase and Sale Agreement with Shell Aviation for its renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The fuels will be produced at Red Rock Biofuels Lakeview biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon (OR) currently under construction. Scheduled for completion in early 2021, it will be the world’s first commercial-scale plant to utilize waste woody biomass from forests at risk of wildfire (photo courtesy Shell).

Shell will distribute the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Red Rock Biofuels’ existing airline customers and market Red Rock Biofuels’ cellulosic renewable diesel fuel.

By combining Red Rock Biofuels’ production capabilities with Shell’s technical and commercial expertise and world-class supply chain, the companies are demonstrating how working together is enabling the production and distribution of SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel and supporting the decarbonization of aviation and heavy transport.

We are excited to have Shell join our strong team of project partners on our Lakeview biorefinery. With its operational capabilities and global supply chain expertise, Shell is ideally positioned to support us in helping make low-carbon SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel more widely available to airlines and heavy transport companies who are committed to reducing emissions and tackling climate change, said Terry Kulesa, CEO of Red Rock Biofuels.

Largest of its kind biorefinery

The Lakeview biorefinery is scheduled for completion early next year. Once operational, it will be the world’s first commercial-scale plant to utilize waste woody biomass from forests at risk of wildfire to create SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel.

This has been one of the most devastating wildfire seasons on record. We have seen wildfires grow in intensity, acreage, and damage to public health and the environment. One of the many potential benefits of the plant is to reduce the waste woody biomass lying on the forest floor which may help to mitigate the spread of wildfires, said Kulesa.

In general, lifecycle carbon emissions from SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel are expected to be up to 80 percent lower than conventional jet fuel. The SAF will be supplied to airports through existing airport infrastructure and can be used blended by airlines without requiring technical modification to their current fleet.

SAF is crucial to aviation’s success in reaching net zero emissions by 2050, alongside new technologies and high-quality carbon credits. But to enable SAF to fulfill its potential we need to be proactive and resolute in finding opportunities to increase the availability of SAF today and tomorrow. Increasing SAF is dependent on collaboration across the whole value chain. We are proud to work together with Red Rock to support the development of their innovative new production facility in Lakeview, Oregon, said Anna Mascolo, President of Global Aviation at Shell.

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