Neste delivers sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco via pipeline

Neste, a Houston-based fuel provider, has announced the delivery of its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via pipeline, where it will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions, the company said.

Neste is the first company to deliver sustainable aviation fuel, under its brand name, Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel, to SFO using the existing multi-product pipeline infrastructure. The same pipelines were originally designed to carry fossil fuels and other oil products, and are now carrying high volumes of sustainable fuel to aircraft serving Bay Area passengers. Alternatively, Neste would have had to consider delivery via truck, which could have utilized fossil fuel.

The final processing and production activity for this batch of sustainable aviation fuel was completed in Houston, Texas. To get the fuel to California, Neste teamed up with Crowley, a family-owned vessel logistics and management company based in Florida, which transported Neste´s SAF to California on a US-flagged tanker where it was stored in a refurbished tank that previously was used to store oil products before being safely delivered to SFO. All this demonstrates the many potential economic benefits of a thriving biofuel industry in the United States.

Sustainable aviation fuel offers an immediate solution for reducing the direct greenhouse gas emissions of flying.

In 2018, SFO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Neste and a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to expand the use of SAF at the airport. The agreement was the first of its kind to include fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies in a collaborative effort to accelerate the global transition to SAF.

The deal is part of SFO´s five-year strategic plan of becoming a triple zero campus, achieving carbon neutrality and net zero energy and zero waste.

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) produces renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from waste and residue raw materials, for transport, business, and consumer needs.