ExxonMobil has delivered the first certified Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Singapore Changi Airport, fuelling Singapore Airlines and Scoot’s flights from the airport beginning July.
Demand for lower-emission fuels such as SAF is expected to grow, driven by a need for energy-dense, lower-carbon intensity fuels for hard-to-decarbonise industries such as aviation.
ExxonMobil was selected to supply and deliver the SAF as part of a pilot by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Temasek on the use of SAF in Singapore in February 2022. This successful delivery is a milestone for the pilot.
“Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonisation journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time,” Lee Wen Fen, senior vice president corporate planning for Singapore Airlines, said at the launch.
“Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonisation lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Under the pilot, the SAF is manufactured by blending ExxonMobil-produced refined jet fuel with the Neste-produced neat SAF at ExxonMobil facilities, before being delivered to Changi Airport’s fuel hydrant system.
In addition, ExxonMobil has obtained certification for the SAF manufacturing process from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification European Union (ISCC-EU) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials after meeting the stringent aviation sustainability criteria.
Geraldine Chin, chairman and managing director for ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, said the company is proud to help supply certified SAF for Singapore Airlines’ pilot.
“ExxonMobil is bringing its established capabilities in fuels manufacturing and logistics to help customers such as SIA achieve their net-zero ambitions,” Chin added.
Globally, ExxonMobil plans to provide more than 40,000 barrels per day of lower-emission fuels, including SAF, by 2025, and has a further goal of supplying 200,000 barrels per day by 2030.