Canadian biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam will repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to waste-to-jet to meet growing demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), or biojet.
The facility would process up to 360,000t/yr of “recycling rejects” and produce up to 80,000t/yr of renewable products, of which around 75pc could be SAF and the remainder used for road fuels or to feed circular chemicals production, Enerkem said.
SAF would be produced through Enerkem’s waste gasification technology and Shell’s Fischer-Tropsch technology.
The partners are looking to submit a permit application for the revised project by the end of 2021. Once the final investment decision has been taken, construction could take around three years, with production starting in 2025 or 2026.