TotalEnergies joins Masdar-led initiative to produce SAF
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TotalEnergies joins Masdar-led initiative to produce SAF

French energy company TotalEnergies has joined a Masdar-led initiative focused on green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Masdar, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.

On January 19, 2022, Masdar, Siemens Energy and TotalEnergies signed a collaboration agreement on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2022, to act as co-developers for a demonstrator plant project, which will be established at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development.

“We are very pleased to partner with Masdar and Siemens Energy to meet the challenge of decarbonizing air transport through sustainable aviation fuel from green hydrogen. In this project, TotalEnergies brings its expertise in renewables energy as well as SAF manufacturing and marketing advanced sustainable fuel production with the aim of acting directly on the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers. This is in-line with our strategy of building a multi-energy company with the ambition to get to net zero by 2050 together with society,” said Francois Good, senior vice president, Refining and Petrochemicals Africa Middle East and Asia, TotalEnergies.

“Green hydrogen has a vital role to play in the decarbonization of many industries, with the aviation sector presenting an excellent opportunity. With deep expertise in electrolyzers and plant integration we understand that collaboration is vital to success. We’re excited to have a longstanding and strong partner such as TotalEnergies bring its expertise to help accelerate this landmark project,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, managing director, Middle East and UAE, Siemens Energy.

“The demonstrator plant will help to establish the commercial viability of green hydrogen as an essential decarbonized fuel of the future, and will support Abu Dhabi’s development as a green hydrogen hub. While the hydrogen market is still at a comparatively early stage, we firmly believe that by working together with international partners on projects such as this, we can help the hydrogen market develop its full potential and it will really take off in the years to come,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer, Masdar.

Since January 2021, the partners in the initiative have completed a range of evaluations on technology suppliers, feasibility studies and conceptual designs, while working closely with regulators on compliance issues. The aim is to proceed to the front-end engineering design (FEED) stage later this year.

Other collaborators in the demonstrator plant initiative project include the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa Group, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, and Marubeni Corporation

Having joined the initiative, the aim now is that TotalEnergies will offer its expertise in SAF production, offtake and supply to the partner airlines.

By leveraging their respective areas of expertise across the energy spectrum, and their local and global market reach, the co-developers believe that the demonstrator project can pave the way to commercial production of sustainable aviation fuels, helping to reduce production costs and making it commercially viable.