Manchester Airport is to become UK’s first airport to have a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) jet fuel supply direct from production plant via an existing pipeline.

The supply will come from Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited UK which is developing a new SAF refinery at Stanlow. Manchester Airport Group (MAG), the owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fulcrum.

The new biorefinery, Fulcrum NorthPoint at the ESSAR Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Cheshire could produce approximately 100 million litres of SAF per year when fully-operational in 2026 meaning up to 10 per cent of the fuel used by aircraft at Manchester Airport could be replaced with SAF within five years of the Fulcrum NorthPoint facility becoming operational. The £600m facility will convert non-recyclable household and commercial waste and produce a ‘drop in’ renewable fuel, requiring no aircraft engine modification. When blended 50/50 with traditional jet fuel, those 100 million litres could fill the fuel tanks of approximately 1,200 B777-300s. The company says that the fuel produced will have a CO2 footprint “at least 70 per cent lower than that of its traditional jet fuel equivalent”.

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