MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies announces the award of a contract for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase of LanzaTech’s DRAGON Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Project based on LanzaJet Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) Technology, on track to be one of the first commercial SAF facilities in the UK, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Under a UK Government mandate, SAF must comprise the equivalent to at least 10% of jet fuel by 2030. DRAGON stands for Decarbonizing and Reimagining Aviation for the Goal Of Netzero.
LanzaTech UK’s DRAGON SAF Project has been awarded supplemental funding through The UK Department for Transport’s Advanced Fuel Fund to help decarbonize aviation fuel in the UK. The flagship facility, to be located in Port Talbot, Wales, will uniquely use feedstock (ethanol) derived from local waste sources, bringing circularity to the project’s green credentials.
The development, which is expected to produce 79 KTA (thousand Tons per Annum) (ca.100million liters/year) of SAF will deploy LanzaJet’s proprietary ATJ technology. T.EN’s proprietary Hummingbird technology has been selected for the ethanol to ethylene conversion, which is the first step of the LanzaJet ATJ Process. Once in production, the plant will produce substantial quantities of low carbon intensity SAF to help the UK realize their net zero ambitions at an accelerated pace. The technology also will produce 10M liters per year of low-carbon intensity, sulfur- free renewable diesel as a valuable co-product.
This project follows a similar ATJ project being constructed in the US, LanzaJet’s Freedom Pines Fuels 10M GPY (38M LPY) ATJ unit, expected to come on stream at the end of 2023. This project also includes T.EN’s proprietary Hummingbird technology on the front end, and will be its first commercial plant, and the world’s first ATJ unit.
In April 2022, T.EN’s UK Operating Centre successfully completed the ISBL (Inside Battery Limits) FEED assessment for the project, and has now been tasked with executing the consolidated FEED Package for the full facility. T.EN’s main aim is to develop an ‘Execution Ready’ FEED package in order to move the project forward efficiently into the next phase of development.
Technip Energies has proven capabilities and expertise in Engineering, Technology and Sustainable Chemicals, spanning 60+ years. Its Hummingbird technology produces bio-ethylene from a variety of ethanol feedstocks, derived from diverse sustainable sources including via the fermentation of industrial waste gases. Unlike traditional ‘grey’ ethylene production, the Hummingbird process does not necessitate the steam cracking of fossil fuels. The Hummingbird technology within the LanzaJet ATJ solution provides a ‘Best-in-Class’ route to producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel via ethanol.
We remind, Technip Energies has been awarded a contract by CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd. (CSPC) for the Huizhou Phase III project, a mega liquid ethylene cracker located in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China. Technip Energies is providing the proprietary technology and process design for CSPC’s 1,600 KTA(1) ethylene plant. This liquid ethylene cracker pioneers the use of a low CO2 furnace design and electrification of major compressors. The plant is anticipated to have 20% lower CO2 emissions than a similar conventional facility and will be able to maximize benefit from the rapidly decarbonizing power grid for future CO2 emission reduction.