TotalEnergies and SARIA join forces to produce sustainable aviation fuels

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Total Energies and SARIAa leading company in the European market for the collection and recycling of organic materials into sustainable products, have entered into an agreement to develop Production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on the Zero Cruid Platform Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne)..

This agreement is an important step in securing the supply of raw materials (used cooking oils and animal fats) suitable for the manufacture of SAF and will allow the SAF production capacity to reach 210,000 tons per year, 25% more than in the original project scheduled to be announced in 2020.

Under the terms of the agreement, TotalEnergies will acquire 50% of a manufacturing activity from SARIA, which will supply animal fatty esters to Grandpuits. SARIA will hold an equal stake in the biofuel business of the Grandpuits biorefinery, which will continue to be operated by TotalEnergies. SARIA will also deliver used cooking oils directly.

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“I am very pleased to have entered into this strategic partnership with SARIA, which reinforces the transformation of the Grandpuits refinery into a zero-cruid platform dedicated to SAF. This is an important milestone in our quest to become one of the leading providers of sustainable aviation fuels’ explained Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals at TotalEnergies. ‘SAF is the most efficient solution to immediately reduce CO2 emissions from air travel and its development is fully in line with the company’s climate goal of reaching net zero together with society by 2050.’

The project is subject to the statutory procedure for information and consultation of TotalEnergies employee representatives and the approval of the competent authorities.

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About TotalEnergies in Grandpuits

Total’s Grandpuits-Bailly-Carrois refinery, commissioned in 1966, was for a long time the only refinery in the Paris region. In September 2020, TotalEnergies launched a project to transform the site in line with its strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050. This Zero Cruid project, with a total investment of more than 500 million euros, is based on the development of several future power plants -oriented activities in the field of biomass, renewable energy and circular economy: chemical recycling of plastic waste, production of bio-based and biodegradable bioplastics, production of biofuels for the aviation sector, construction of a solar park and storage of electricity by batteries. Commissioning of these new units will begin in 2022, and they are all expected to be operational by 2025.

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Source: Total Energies