British Airways unveils Essex waste-to-fuel project
British Airways and its partner Solena Fuels will use Velocys’s technology to convert 575,000 metric tons of trash into 120,000 tpy of fuels once the facility is completed in 2017.
By EDUARD GISMATULLIN
Velocys, partly funded by Russian billionaire Roman
Abramovich, will help make jet fuel from landfill waste at
the site of the Coryton oil refinery
, formerly owned by BP, in
British Airways and its partner Solena Fuels will use
to convert 575,000
metric tons of trash into 120,000 tpy of fuels once the
facility is completed in 2017, the carrier said Wednesday in
The airline has committed to buy fuel for the next 11 years
from the GreenSky project
, which equates to $550
million at todays prices.
The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be
enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice
over with carbon
savings the equivalent of
taking 150,000 cars off the road, said Willie Walsh,
CEO at British Airways parent company International
Consolidated Airlines Group.
Airline companies including Richard Bransons Virgin
Atlantic Airways and Qatar Airways have pledged to buy
eco-friendly fuel to reduce greenhouse emissions
and help curb global
warming. Air industry executives will meet later this month
in Geneva to discuss sustainable development to meet demand
over the next 100 years.
The fuel facility will be based at the Thames Enterprise Park
in Thurrock, Essex, neighboring the Thames Oilport, a joint
venture between Royal Vopak, Royal Dutch Shell and Greenergy
International. The three companies bought the Coryton refinery
in 2012 from Petroplus
Holdings, which had acquired it from BP in 2007.
Barclays is advising GreenSkys partners on the funding
of the project