Cosmo Aims to Scale Up Domestic SAF

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Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has joined forces with engineering company JGC and biodiesel producer Revo to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale domestically. On Nov. 1 the three partners set up joint venture firm Saffaire Sky Energy that aims to become Japan’s first large-scale SAF producer. The JV targets an annual output of 30,000 kiloliters (518 b/d) using 100% waste cooking oil as feedstock. Construction of the SAF production plant is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023 at Cosmo’s Sakai refinery in Osaka. Completion is expected by end-2024 with operational start-up targeted by April, 2025. The project is supported by Japan’s R&D agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. The plant would also produce bionaphtha and biodiesel.

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