Oil giant ExxonMobil has delivered its first consignment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) cargo to Changi Airport in Singapore as part of a year-long pilot programme to test the new fuel for aircraft. The SAF cargo is made from a blend of fossil-based refined jet fuel from ExxonMobil’s Singapore integrated refining and petrochemical complex and SAF supplied by Finnish producer Neste Oil.
ExxonMobil selected in February as the fuel supplier for the pilot programme launched by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and Temasek. The company to supply over 40,000 barrels per day of lower-emission fuels, including SAF, by 2025, and a further 200,000 barrels per day by 2030.
Demand for lower-emission fuels is expected to grow amid decarbonisation efforts in transportation sectors, including aviation, marine, and heavy-duty trucking.
“We are proud to supply certified SAF to Singapore Airlines in this inaugural pilot,” said Geraldine Chin, Chairman and Managing Director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. “ExxonMobil is bringing its established capabilities in fuels manufacturing and logistics to help customers such as SIA achieve their net-zero ambitions.”
Lee Wen Fen, Senior VP, Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines, said, “Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonisation journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time. SAFs are a key decarbonisation lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Working together with our partners, we will continue support the adoption of SAF in Singapore.”
Sami Jauhiainen, VP of renewable aviation for the Asia-Pacific region at Neste, added, “We are excited to see Singapore Airlines starting today the use of neat Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in their flight operations. The collaboration with ExxonMobil, Singapore Airlines, Temasek and CAAS demonstrates the potential of SAF in reducing aviation’s emissions and helps accelerate its use in Singapore and globally. Neste is committed to play its part as we are starting SAF production in Singapore in the first quarter of 2023 with one million tons of production capacity per annum.”