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World Energy to create new SAF hub in Houston, Texas

World Energy to create new SAF hub in Houston, Texas

World Energy said it is launching advanced engineering plans to convert its existing assets in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., to launch a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) hub that will enable the company to produce another 250 million gallons of SAF annually by 2025. 

The company announced plans to produce 250 million gallons of SAF annually by 2024 at its Paramount, California, U.S.A., site in response to growing demand for net-zero carbon aviation to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.  The new announcement will double the company’s capacity by 2025, making the low-carbon fuel available to most U.S. and many global markets for the first time. 

The announcement will also get the company more than halfway to meeting its commitment to produce one billion gallons of SAF by 2030, five years ahead of that goal.

World Energy currently operates seven production sites and 11 distribution sites located across the United States and Canada. World Energy is one of the largest and longest-serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operating biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, Texas; Natchez, Mississippi; Rome, Georgia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  In Paramount, California the company operates a renewable diesel refinery and the first commercial sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility in the world. The company also has distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

World Energy’s current biofuel facilities, acquired in 2016, are located on the Houston Ship Channel at mile zero of all major U.S. pipelines, with direct deep water access at the heart of the U.S. energy production and distribution complex, and directly connected to two local international airports.

“Houston is the logical choice for World Energy’s Aviation Zero plant two,” said Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy. “Not only does our positioning here provide unparalleled finished product access but provides tremendous access to global feedstocks, emerging sources of low-carbon hydrogen, and even access to captured carbon to advance commercialization of innovative new processes for the production of SAF. We’ve been operating here in various capacities for nearly two decades and we recognize why Houston is the beating heart of America’s energy complex.” 

World Energy operates the world’s first and still America’s only SAF plant in Los Angeles where the company is in the midst of a USD2 billion expansion project to boost capacity to 375 million gallons of renewable fuels to decarbonize road, rail, water, and air transport.