SAF Teeside factory moves into early design phase


Last year, the company secured UK government support worth £2.4 million for the Green Fuels Lighthouse project.

Alfanar plans a £1billion sustainable aviation fuels plant on Teeside, absorbing a million tonnes of waste a year. The technology to be used is described as an “innovative waste-to-liquid (WtL) process using gasification and Fischer-Tropsch technology to convert household and commercial waste, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, into approximately 180 MM liters of SAF and naphtha.”.


SAF is becoming important within the airline industry as governments, including the European Union, set targets for the use of SAF in aviation fuels to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft.

There is competition to be at the forefront of these projects and alfanar announced yesterday that its Teesside SAF factory has entered the initial engineering and design phase which could see it producing ‘green fuel’ by 2027.

The proposed alafanar site on Teesside

However, to help ensure the plant’s viability, Alfanar said it was calling on the UK government to introduce a “price stability mechanism for early SAF projects”.

The contractor for the FEED phase is Worley and the company said of the appointment: “This stage makes the project the most advanced SAF installation in the UK today, and is expected to come online in 2027” .

The plant is to be built in the Teesside net zero industrial cluster and, according to alfanar, has the potential to use the east coast cluster’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure, which is expected to be available at from the mid-2020s, to further reduce FAS. carbon intensity.

alfanar also said it is “actively evaluating other UK sites for its second and third SAF factories to be built by 2030 and 2035 respectively, and plans to develop further green projects in the UK and beyond. using CCS and hydrogen infrastructure”.


Mishal Almutlaq, Chief Investment Officer of alfanar, said: “With the world’s third largest aviation network and one of the world’s largest potential offshore CO2 reservoirs, the UK has the industrial and geological advantages to become a world leader in the development of green aviation fuel with the lowest possible emissions using CCS technology, which is why we want to build our very first SAF factory in the UK by 2027 and two other factories by 2035.

Mr. Almutlaq continued: “To deliver net zero aviation, the government has already established the Jet Zero Council, announced grant funding for SAF projects and is consulting on a Jet Zero strategy. To maintain this leadership and allow Alfanar’s first SAF project and other similar preliminary projects to progress, price certainty is also necessary. We are therefore today calling on the UK Government to advance the mandate of SAF and introduce a price stabilization mechanism such as a contract for difference for SAF.

fly greener

Aviation Minister Robert Courts MP said: “Aviation will be central to our future growth, so it is essential that we provide greener flying. Thanks to Alfanar’s investment, the UK could produce cleaner fuel in a few years time, which will not only make us more sustainable, but also create more jobs and strengthen our economy.

Valley of the Tees

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Whether in hydrogen, CCUS, offshore wind or sustainable aviation fuel, Teesside has established itself as a global center for technology development technologies that will allow us to achieve our ambitious net zero goals.

Mayor Houchen continued, “This milestone for alfanar is another first and further solidifies our region’s position as a premier place to develop new clean energy technologies. Alfanar’s sustainable aviation fuel plant will create 700 good-paying, good-quality jobs during construction and 240 full-time positions when operational, fueling our economy while reducing emissions from a large number of flights .

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