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TotalEnergies and ENEOS mull SAF production in Japan

TotalEnergies and ENEOS mull SAF production in Japan
TotalEnergies SE and ENEOS Corporation are collaborating to jointly conduct a feasibility study to assess the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in ENEOS Negishi Refinery in Yokohama city, Japan (photo courtesy ENEOS).

France-headed oil, gas, and energy major TotalEnergies SE and ENEOS Corporation, part of the Japan-headed energy and nonferrous metals major ENEOS Group, have announced a collaboration to jointly conduct a feasibility study to assess the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in ENEOS Negishi Refinery in Yokohama city, Japan.

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According to a statement, the companies have already started to conduct the study for feedstock procurement and production of SAF related to this project.

The proposed unit at ENEOS’s (previously known as JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation) Negishi Refinery would process waste or residue sourced notably from the circular economy, mainly used cooking oil (UCO) and animal fats.

The capacity would be 300 000 tonnes per annum of SAF,

Leverage on combined expertise and experience

The two companies are considering establishing a new joint venture to produce SAF.

This collaboration would leverage the companies’ respective areas of excellence and expertise for the development of the sustainable supply chain of SAF in Japan around 2025:

  • TotalEnergies’ experience in feedstock procurement and SAF production technology.
  • ENEOS’s available production and loading/unloading facilities of the Negishi Refinery – the No. 1 topper and its affiliated secondary units are scheduled to be decommissioned by October 2022.
  • The strategic location of Negishi Refinery. It is situated in the largest aviation fuel demand area in Japan with both Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports and is part of a marketing network of aviation fuel in Japan.

National 10 percent by 2030 target

Responding to the significant challenge of global climate change, the two energy companies have been working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a global scale together with their customers, paving the way for a decarbonized, recycling-oriented society.

In the airline industry, dealing with global decarbonization has become an urgent issue and SAF is expected to be an effective way to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

In Japan, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLITT) has set a target of 10 percent SAF use to be achieved by 2030.

By developing and supporting the emergence of a SAF value chain, TotalEnergies says that it “confirms its leadership role played in driving innovation in the energy and environmental transition.”

Aligned with company goals

By acting directly on the carbon intensity of the energy products used by its customers, TotalEnergies is pursuing its strategy of building a multi-energy company with the ambition to get to net-zero by 2050 together with society.

One of the ENEOS Group’s goals in their Long-Term Vision to 2040 is contributing to the development of a decarbonized, recycling-oriented society.

As part of these initiatives, ENEOS aims to provide a stable supply of the various forms of energy required for the needs of the times.

By developing the supply chain of SAF, ENEOS will contribute to the decarbonization of the airline industry.

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