January 22, 2016
Oslo - From today, all airlines refueling at Oslo Airport can have sustainable jet fuel delivered from the airport’s main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant system. Norwegian airport operator Avinor played a key role in the commercial offtake agreements by offering a unique airport incentive for all flights at Oslo Airport that are powered by sustainable jet fuel.
The sustainable jet fuel is produced by Neste in the framework of the demonstration project ITAKA*, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. The fuel is made from camelina oil that is RSB certified and has received a positive advice from SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board.
“The fact that we’re able to supply sustainable jet fuel through the existing fuel infrastructure demonstrates that the industry is now ready to take the next step in the development of this market, with Lufthansa, KLM and SAS as launching customers. We see that the Nordics, and especially Norway with Avinor’s airport incentive, have the basis and momentum to quickly move forward.” Says Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG.
Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen comments: “With the recent Paris agreement signed and the airline industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, we are delighted to be the first airport in the world to enable refueling of biofuel from our existing fuel farm and hydrant dispenser system. As first movers we hope to inspire other airports and airlines to follow suit so we can all work towards the desired low carbon future.”
David Gilmour, CEO for Air BP comments: “This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease, utilizing existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will increase interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector.”
Dr. Inmaculada Gómez from SENASA, ITAKA Project coordinator, highlights: “We are very proud to take part in this pioneering initiative, bringing together several airlines and stakeholders united with a common objective: to support the implementation of sustainable fuels for the aviation industry, bringing the economic viability of biojet fuel a step closer to reality”.