Emirates expands collaboration with Neste for the supply of SAF in 2024 and 2025

Emirates expands collaboration with Neste for the supply of SAF in 2024 and 2025

MRC -- Emirates and Neste have expanded their partnership by solidifying their collaboration for the supply of over 3 million gallons of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024 and 2025, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which will be blended with conventional jet fuel, will be supplied over the course of 2024 and 2025 for Emirates’ flights departing from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.

Emirates’ expanded partnership with Neste represents the largest volume of SAF to be uplifted of any airline based in the Middle East and Africa to date. The blended SAF will be comprised of over one million gallons of neat SAF. This represents a blended ratio of over 30% neat SAF combined with conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

Before the end of this year, the airline will also uplift SAF for the first time from its Dubai hub. SAF reduces carbon emissions of air travel by up to 80%* over the fuel’s life cycle when compared to using conventional jet fuel.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Today’s announcement is a milestone for Emirates and represents the acceleration of SAF procurement for our operations. It’s also one of the many initiatives we are focused on to reduce our carbon emissions, which includes operating fuel-efficient aircraft, stepping up our fleet renewal from 2024, in addition to driving operational fuel efficiency. Our ongoing partnership with Neste also demonstrates our active engagement and support of the rapidly developing SAF industry, and we hope that the robust demand coming from Emirates and other airlines encourages the scaling up of SAF and other emerging clean propulsion technologies.”

Alexander Kueper, Vice President EMEA from the Renewable Aviation business unit at Neste said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. We are proud to expand our existing cooperation with Emirates into 2024 as we are ramping up our global SAF production and continue to support their commitment to reduce emissions by supplying our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.”

Earlier this year, Emirates, in partnership with Neste and other industry stakeholders, successfully completed the first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight in the region, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER operating on 100% SAF in one engine. The airline has made significant strides along with its industry partners around the technical analysis and certification requirements that support standardization and future approval of 100% SAF flying.

The airline’s first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel took place in 2017 from Chicago. Since then, the airline has also uplifted SAF for flights from Stockholm, and currently operates flights from Paris, Lyon and Oslo with blended SAF.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes. The cancellation of one of the biggest projects of its kind is a setback to the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the U.S., which are a pillar of President Joe Biden's climate strategy. It is also a blow to the ethanol industry, which sees CCS as key to cutting emissions from producing the fuel.

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Stockholm to ban gasoline, diesel cars from city center

Stockholm to ban gasoline, diesel cars from city center

MRC -- Stockholm will ban gasoline and diesel-powered cars from key parts of the city center from 2025 as it seeks to improve air quality and reduce traffic noise, the Swedish capital's vice mayor for transport said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plan introduces an environmental zone across 20 blocks of Stockholm's inner city, covering high-end shopping streets and some of Sweden's most expensive office real estate.

The Green Party, part of the Stockholm City Council's ruling coalition of left-wing and environmentally-focused parties, hopes this will boost the speed at which people exchange combustion-engine cars for electric ones.

"Nowadays, the air in Stockholm causes babies to have lung conditions and the elderly to die prematurely. It is a completely unacceptable situation," Green Party Vice Mayor for Transport Lars Stromgren said in a statement.

A so-called class-three environmental zone primarily allows fully electric cars to drive. Exceptions apply for bigger vans, where plug-in hybrid vehicles will be allowed under the regulation. Some vehicles are exempt from the regulation, including ambulances and police vehicles as well as cars where the driver or a passenger has a documented disability.

The plan is to further expand the environmental zone after the initial introduction, the Green Party said. Companies in the transport sector said the plan went too far and that the city should instead focus on investing more in electric charging points to bring about voluntary change.

"Since 2010, we have reduced emissions by 34%. But the Green Party and their colleagues in the city of Stockholm are now in far too much of a hurry," the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises said in a statement. Stockholm will be the first city in Sweden to introduce the class-three environmental zone.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes.

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Kuwait's KPC ramps up high-sulfur fuel oil tenders for October

Kuwait's KPC ramps up high-sulfur fuel oil tenders for October

MRC -- Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) has ramped up its spot tenders for high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) sales this month, with the latest one closing on Friday, said trade sources, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The increase in HSFO export tenders came as domestic requirements for HSFO to be used for power generation eased.

In its latest spot tender, KPC is offering 80,000 metric tons of 380-cst HSFO with 2.5% maximum sulfur content, for loading between Oct. 29 and 30, said trade sources.

The tender closes on Friday at noon Kuwait time, with validity until 23:00 Kuwait time. This came on top of three spot HSFO tenders issued for October loading so far, each of 60,000 tons.

The number of HSFO cargoes offered for October has risen compared to previous months this year, with typically zero to two HSFO cargoes offered per month, tender records showed.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes. The cancellation of one of the biggest projects of its kind is a setback to the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the U.S., which are a pillar of President Joe Biden's climate strategy. It is also a blow to the ethanol industry, which sees CCS as key to cutting emissions from producing the fuel.

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China's September fuel oil imports slide to year-to-date low

China's September fuel oil imports slide to year-to-date low

MRC -- China's fuel oil imports eased for a third consecutive month in September, hitting the lowest in the year so far, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Friday, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Imports have eased in the third quarter amid high inventory levels, as bunker hub Zhoushan is well-supplied with local output and previous import purchases. Total fuel oil imports were down 25% from August at 1.04 million metric tons in September, though still 3% higher compared to the same month last year.

The imports included purchases under ordinary trade, which is subject to import duty and consumption tax, as well as imports into bonded storage. Imports tapered off in Q3 after extending robust gains through the first half of 2023, when independent refiners ramped up purchases for refinery feedstock usage.

Meanwhile, exports of low sulfur marine fuels, measured mostly by sales from bonded storage for vessels plying international routes, totaled 1.47 million tons in September, down 5% from August and easing 23% from a year earlier. Marine fuel sales have also trended steady to lower at other key global bunker hubs, with Singapore sales stable and Fujairah sales weakening in September.

Meanwhile, China's Sinopec Corp has also applied to the government to swap some of its marine fuel export quotas for allowances to export light products. The refiner has asked to swap a quota to export 800,000 metric tons of low-sulfur fuel oil, part of the 3 million tons of marine fuel quota recently issued by Beijing, for a similar amount of allowances for light product exports.

The table below shows China's fuel oil imports and exports in metric tons. The exports section largely captures China's low sulfur oil bunkering sales along its coast.

We remind, Navigator CO2 Ventures has canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project aimed at capturing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from Midwest ethanol plants and storing it permanently underground, the company said on Friday, citing "unpredictable" state regulatory processes. The cancellation of one of the biggest projects of its kind is a setback to the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the U.S., which are a pillar of President Joe Biden's climate strategy. It is also a blow to the ethanol industry, which sees CCS as key to cutting emissions from producing the fuel.

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BASF exec appointed board chair of Canadian chem group CIAC

BASF exec appointed board chair of Canadian chem group CIAC

MRC -- The president of BASF Canada, Apala Mukherjee, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of trade group Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), said the company.

In her new role at CIAC, Mukherjee succeeds Helder Botelho, head of operations at LANXESS Canada. Mukherjee has been leading BASF Canada since March 2021.

Rocky Vermani, senior vice president of sustainability and innovation at NOVA Chemicals, has been appointed as vice-chair of CIAC’s board.

We remind, Senior Vice President, Care Chemicals North America, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, will, as President, assume responsibility for the Division South & East Asia, ASEAN & ANZ, BASF South East Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore, effective February 1, 2024, said the company. The current head of the Division, Carola Richter (50), has decided to leave the company. Klaus Welsch (60), President, Mega Projects Asia, BASF (China) Company Ltd., Shanghai, will retire effective December 31, 2023.

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