Azure to develop pioneering SAF production facility in Kansas

Azure to develop pioneering SAF production facility in Kansas

Azure Sustainable Fuels Corp. has announced its ambitious plan to develop a large-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)  production facility in Cherryvale, Kansas, U.S.A.. This initiative, part of Azure’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions in the aviation sector, is set to make a significant impact on sustainable fuel production.

Azure Sustainable Fuels Corp. is a privately held corporation based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, solely focused on developing a renewable fuels production.

Since June 2023, Azure has been diligently working on a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the facility, which is on track for completion by the end of 2024. With a final investment decision (FID) expected by early 2025, Azure aims to commence production in 2027. The facility will utilise commercially proven technology to ensure efficiency and potential for future expansion.

Once fully operational, the Cherryvale facility will produce approximately 135 million gallons per year of renewable fuels, primarily SAF. This production is expected to reduce global aviation emissions by approximately 1 million tons per year, equivalent to removing emissions from around 200,000 cars annually.

The construction and operation of the facility will significantly contribute to job creation and the local economy. Approximately 1,500 workers will be required for construction, with around 150 full-time positions needed for operations. 

Azure’s project has received substantial support from local government authorities. The Montgomery County Commission approved various tax incentives on December 18, 2023, including a 10-year property tax exemption and an exemption on sales tax for construction materials and labor.

Douglas Cole, CEO of Azure, expressed enthusiasm about the project. “We are pleased to bring this significant SAF production facility to Kansas,” he said. “This project not only enhances Kansas’ rich aviation history but also creates numerous construction and high-quality operations jobs.”

SAF is a crucial component in reducing emissions in global aviation, offering a renewable alternative that can reduce emissions by more than 50% compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuel. 

Azure’s goal of producing SAF with the lowest emissions is supported by a letter of intent with CapturePoint Solutions to explore tying into its existing carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration network and infrastructure. CapturePoint Solutions, based in Allen, Texas, U.S.A., specialises in cutting-edge carbon management services, focusing on the transition to sustainable energy.