Grandpuits site to double SAF and low-carbon energies production
TotalEnergies is stepping up production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and low-carbon energies at its Grandpuits site. These investments reflect the French energy company’s ambition to develop low-carbon energies and the circular economy, and consist of:
• Doubling of SAF production at Grandpuits, bringing the site’s annual production capacity to 285,000 tons, i.e. more than double the original capacity announced in 2020. This new investment responds to the gradual increase in minimum SAF shares mandated by the European Union, and set at 6% for 2030.
• Development of low-carbon energies at the Grandpuits zero-crude platform, with the construction of a biomethane production unit with an annual capacity of 80 gigawatt hours (GWh), equivalent to the annual demand of 16,000 people. It will be supplied with organic waste from the biorefinery, and will prevent the emission of almost 20,000 tons of CO₂ every year. The unit strengthens TotalEnergies’ position as a leader in biogas production in France.
“The zero-crude platform at Grandpuits will be a major French site for the production of sustainable aviation fuel, which is the most effective solution for immediately cutting CO2 emissions from air transport. These new projects further strengthen the site’s conversion, toward sustainability, decarbonization and the circular economy,” said Bernard Pinatel, president, Refining & Chemicals at TotalEnergies.
The company has also noted the decision taken by its partner Corbion not to pursue the bioplastic production project, owing to increased costs. In light of the new investments announced on June 7, 2023, and others to come, TotalEnergies has confirmed the maintenance of 250 jobs at the site, in line with the commitments it made in September 2020.