Sasol and Topsoe launch Zaffra JV to become a key player in SAF
Photo of Jan Toschka courtesy of Zaffra

Sasol and Topsoe launch Zaffra JV to become a key player in SAF

Sasol, a global leader in chemicals and energy headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Topsoe, a frontrunner in carbon emission reduction technologies based in Lyngby, Denmark, have announced the launch of their joint venture, Zaffra. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Zaffra is poised to become a key player in the aviation industry by focusing on the development and delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Zaffra aims to leverage Sasol’s extensive experience in asset development, plant construction, and operational excellence, along with Topsoe’s proven carbon emission reduction technologies, to make a significant impact on the aviation industry.

Jan Toschka, formerly general manager of Shell Aviation and Shell Marine Products, is the newly appointed CEO of Zaffra.

“Leading Zaffra in this crucial mission is my privilege. The growing demand for SAF will require multiple pathways and Zaffra is in a unique position to become a relevant player in this market,” Toschka said. “Backed by Sasol and Topsoe’s legacies, our offer combines leading technologies with decades of experience in building and running production assets. We recognise the differences in each opportunity. That’s why I am convinced there is tremendous growth potential for Zaffra, being agile and creative, whilst recognising it is essential to form partnerships and to collaborate with all stakeholders.”

Fleetwood Grobler, president and CEO of Sasol, shared his excitement about the venture, saying, “Sasol is thrilled to further our global sustainable aviation fuel ambition through Zaffra. This venture is built on decades of collaboration between Sasol and Topsoe.”

Roeland Baan, CEO of Topsoe, also expressed his satisfaction with reaching this milestone. “With aviation being responsible for 2-3% of global carbon emissions, Zaffra will create significant value for the aviation industry and society by bringing alternative fuels to the market that can help reduce these emissions.”