Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways and Royal Dutch Shell have
teamed up to unveil a new aviation jet fuel. Gas-to-liquids
(GTL) jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK)
at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar is now flowing into airplane
tanks at Doha International Airport.
The companies claim this is the first new aviation fuel to be
approved globally in two decades.
Representatives from the Qatari government and executives from
Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways and Shell attended the inaugural
fueling of a Qatar Airways aircraft with GTL jet fuel at the
airport. A Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 plane (Flight
QR001) made history by being the first to fly outbound from
Doha International Airport, en route to London Heathrow, using
GTL jet fuel.
This is a significant milestone for the giant onshore Pearl GTL
complex, which was jointly developed by Qatar
Petroleum and Shell and is the largest energy project in Qatar.
Fully approved for use as an aviation fuel, GTL jet fuel is a
blend of up to 50% GTL SPK meeting the requirements of
ASTM-D-7566 and conventional crude oil-derived standard jet
fuel (Jet A-1).
The chairman of Qatar Petroleum offered some prepared
remarks to celebrate this achievement. He said: "The production
of GTL jet fuel is a great achievement for Pearl GTL and the
state of Qatar. GTL jet fuel will be supplied into the wider
jet fuel pool at Doha International Airport, enabling the state
of Qatar to enjoy the benefits of this product. It is indeed a
historic moment for Qatar that the first aviation fuel to be
approved globally in the last 20 years originates in
GTL jet fuel from the Pearl GTL plant is marketed by Tasweeq
for use solely within Qatar. The first production cargo of GTL
jet fuel left the Pearl GTL plant on December 17, 2012, and was
used in the inaugural flight departing from Doha International