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TotalEnergies commits to scaling up SAF production

TotalEnergies commits to scaling up SAF production
TotalEnergies is actively responding to a call from its aviation customers to increase its production of sustainable aviation fuel (photo courtesy TotalEnergies).

France-headed global multi-energy major TotalEnergies SE has revealed that it is actively responding to a call from aviation customers to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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As of 2028, the Company says that “it will be in a position” to produce half a million tonnes of SAF, enough to cover the gradual increase in the European SAF blending mandate, set at 6 percent for 2030.

To this end, TotalEnergies is investing “massively” and has launched multiple SAF production projects.

TotalEnergies is taking action to meet the strong demand from the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Sustainable aviation fuel is essential to reducing the CO2 emissions of air transport, and its development is fully aligned with the Company’s climate ambition to get to net zero by 2050, together with society, said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.

In France, these projects include:

  • Grandpuits – TotalEnergies is investing EUR 400 million to convert the site into a zero-crude platform, primarily focused on producing SAF from circular feedstock such as animal fat and used cooking oils (UCO). Grandpuits will be able to produce 210 000 tonnes per annum of SAF as of 2025, and new investment has recently been announced to produce a further 75 000 tonnes per annum by 2027.
  • Normandy – TotalEnergies has started coprocessing SAF from UCO at its Gonfreville refinery. The Company plans to increase annual production at the site to 40 000 tonnes by 2025. In addition, following technical work carried out with its aeronautical partners, TotalEnergies will produce an additional 150 000 tonnes per annum of SAF by coprocessing renewable diesel (HVO) produced at La Mède as soon as this production method is approved by ASTM International.
  • La Mède – TotalEnergies has invested EUR 340 million to convert its refinery into a biorefinery. HVO produced at La Mède is already being used to make SAF at the TotalEnergies Oudalle plant near Le Havre. TotalEnergies is studying a new investment to have the capacity to process at La Mède, by 2024, 100 percent waste from the circular economy (UCO and animal fats) to produce biofuels and SAF by coprocessing.

Beyond France, TotalEnergies aims to produce 1.5 million tonnes per annum of SAF by 2030 at production units in Europe, the United States, Japan, and South Korea, representing 10 percent of the world market by that date.

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