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Neste and Singapore Airlines Group sign SAF offtake deal

Neste and Singapore Airlines Group sign SAF offtake deal
Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) signs a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement with Neste (photo courtesy SIA).

In Singapore, renewable fuel major Neste Oyj and the Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) have signed an offtake agreement for 1,000 tonnes of neat Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). This will make SIA and Scoot, the two airlines in the Group, the first air carriers to receive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), produced at Neste’s refinery in the country, at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

Neste will blend the SAF with conventional jet fuel according to the required safety specifications, and deliver the blended jet fuel to Changi Airport’s fuel hydrant system in two batches – once in the second quarter of 2024 and once in the fourth quarter of this year.

This agreement with Neste is an important milestone in the SIA Group’s journey to have a minimum of 5 percent sustainable aviation fuel in our total fuel uplift by 2030. Close collaboration with our partners and stakeholders in Singapore and globally plays a critical role in our long-term decarbonization goals. A more sustainable aviation industry will ensure that future generations continue to benefit from the global connectivity, economic prosperity, and people links that air travel fosters, said Lee Wen Fen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Singapore Airlines.

First end-to-end SAF supply

This milestone delivery to SIA will also mark the first direct supply of Neste’s SAF to airlines at Changi Airport, reinforcing its end-to-end SAF supply chain capabilities in Singapore.

This follows the completion of the expansion of Neste’s Singapore refinery in May 2023. The biorefinery has an annual production capacity of one million tonnes of SAF, making it the world’s largest SAF production facility.

Neste’s SAF, which is made from 100 percent renewable waste and residue raw materials, reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80 percent over the fuel’s life cycle.

Blended with conventional jet fuel, it integrates seamlessly with existing aircraft engines and fuelling infrastructure.

We are proud that Singapore Airlines and Scoot are our first customers benefiting from our integrated supply capabilities into Changi Airport. This supply of locally produced SAF to Changi Airport is a milestone in our journey of supporting the aviation industry and governments in the region to achieve their emissions reduction goals. Singapore is a leading aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region and this delivery of SAF, as well as the recently announced national SAF target, will hopefully encourage the wider adoption of SAF across the broader Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with Singapore Airlines as well as supplying visiting carriers at Changi airport, said Alexander Kueper, VP of Renewable Aviation at Neste.

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