ENEOS and TotalEnergies to explore SAF production in Japan
Japan’s ENEOS Corporation is collaborating with French energy company TotalEnergies to conduct a feasibility study to assess the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at ENEOS’ Negishi Refinery in Yokohama City, Japan.
The two companies have already started to conduct the study for feedstock procurement and production of SAF related to this project. The proposed unit, which would have a capacity of 300,000 tons per year of SAF, would process waste or residue sourced from the circular economy, mainly used cooking oil and animal fat. ENEOS and TotalEnergies are considering establishing a new joint venture to produce SAF.
The collaboration would leverage the two companies’ respective areas of excellence and expertise in developing a sustainable supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel in Japan around 2025. TotalEnergies has experience in feedstock procurement and SAF production technology. Meanwhile, ENEOS has available production and loading/unloading facilities at the Negishi Refinery, which is located in the largest aviation fuel demand area in Japan—Narita and Haneda airports—and a marketing network of aviation fuel in Japan.
Responding to the significant challenge of global climate change, the two energy companies have been working to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions on a global scale together with their customers, paving the way for a decarbonised, recycling-oriented society. In the airline industry, dealing with global decarbonisation has become an urgent issue and SAF is expected to be an effective way to reduce CO2 emissions. In Japan, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has set a target of 10% SAF use to be achieved by 2030.