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TotalEnergies starts SAF production at Normandy Platform

In France, global oil and gas major TotalEnergies has announced that its Normandy Platform has successfully started the production of sustainable aviation fuel  (SAF). This move enables TotalEnergies to meet demand from its customers and respond to French legislation, which calls for aircraft to use at least 1 percent SAF effective January 1, 2022.

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The Normandy Platform is one of TotalEnergies Refining & Chemicals’ six integrated platforms worldwide. It comprises a refinery, a petrochemicals facility, and a polymer production site. With a capacity to refine 12 million tonnes per annum of crude oil, it is the largest refinery in France, accounting for 12 percent of the country’s refining capacity. The Normandy Platform is currently conducting, deploying, or studying 14 projects to get to net-zero by 2050. These include vehicle fleet electrification, a solar farm, low carbon hydrogen using carbon capture and storage (CCS), and SAF (photo courtesy TotalEnergies).

This new site complements the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production capacities of La Mède biorefinery (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Oudalle plant (Seine-Maritime). TotalEnergies will also produce SAF at its Grandpuits zero-crude platform southeast of Paris starting in 2024.

All of the SAF, which is destined for French airports, will be produced from waste and residue such as used cooking oil (UCO) and animal fats, sourced from the circular economy.

By announcing the start-up of SAF production at a new site in France, we are responding to strong demand from the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint. We are also confirming our commitment to support customers by offering innovative solutions to reduce their emissions. This commitment is fully aligned with the Company’s climate ambition to get to net zero emissions by 2050, together with society, said Bernard Pinatel, President of Refining & Chemicals at TotalEnergies.

TotalEnergies has been involved in numerous SAF initiatives since 2014. Involvement in SAF moved into a higher gear in 2021 with several firsts in France – including the first delivery of SAF to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport and first permanent SAF supply at Paris-Le Bourget airport (LBG) – and worldwide, with the first 100 percent SAF-powered flight of an Airbus helicopter with a Safran engine in Marignane and of an Airbus A319Neo in Toulouse.

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

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