Japan: Green Fuels JGC, Cosmo Oil Select Honeywell Technology for Japan’s First Commercial Scale SAF Project

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JGC Holdings and Cosmo Oil Company have chosen Honeywell’s Ecofining technology for converting used cooking oil into renewable jet fuel. The project is claimed to be the first commercial scale sustainable aviation fuel project in Japan.

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The project will convert used cooking oil locally collected in Japan into renewable jet fuel meeting ASTM D7566 standards with start-up scheduled in 2025.
The project will convert used cooking oil locally collected in Japan into renewable jet fuel meeting ASTM D7566 standards with start-up scheduled in 2025.
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Des Plaines/USA – Honeywell recently announced that JGC Holdings Corporation and Cosmo Oil Company will use Honeywell Ecofining technology for the first commercial scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in Japan. The project will convert used cooking oil locally collected in Japan into renewable jet fuel meeting ASTM D7566 standards with start-up scheduled in 2025.

The Ecofining process is a capital efficient solution ideal for producing renewable jet fuel from sustainable feedstocks. For example, renewable jet fuel produced from the Ecofining process using used cooking oil as feed can deliver 60 %-80 % lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with aviation fuel from petroleum.

We need to work on decarbonization of fuels through a multiple approach to contribute to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 set by the Japanese Government. Introducing SAF production on a commercial scale is the first step.

Taisuke Matsuoka, director and executive officer, of Cosmo Oil

“By using the well-established and reliable Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology, we can supply sustainable aviation fuel commercially and contribute to the reduction of GHG in the aviation industry,” said Masahiro Aika, Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer, of JGC Holdings Corporation.

“This project is a new challenge for Cosmo Oil, which produces petroleum products derived from crude oil,” said Taisuke Matsuoka, director and executive officer, of Cosmo Oil.

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced by this process is blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale. When used in up to a 50 % blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.

“Production of sustainable aviation fuels is a key component for decarbonization of the transport sector,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “The UOP Ecofining process has proven to be suitable for many types of sustainable feeds including used cooking oil. We look forward to working with JGC and Cosmo Oil on expanding the first commercial scale production of sustainable aviation fuel in Japan.”

The UOP Ecofining process, developed in conjunction with Eni, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based counterparts. Both products offer improved performance over commercial petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels, and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles and aircraft with no equipment modifications.

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