VARO announces plan to build major SAF manufacturing facility

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VARO Energy has announced the construction of a large-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing facility at the Gunvor Energy Rotterdam site, investing US$600m with the aim of helping its airline customers decarbonise.

This facility alone is expected to contribute up to 7% of the EU’s 2030 SAF target.

The 100% VARO-owned facility features a pretreatment unit, guaranteeing renewable feedstock flexibility and production optimisation capability. The facility will have a total feedstock capacity of 350 000 tpy., with a SAF production capacity of 245 000 tpy alongside a mixture of bio-naphtha and bio-propane.

According to the IEA, European jet fuel demand is set to grow by more than 20% over the next five years. Located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at the centre of one of the world’s major aviation hubs, VARO’s new SAF manufacturing facility will be well positioned to meet this demand growth. As well as benefiting from close proximity to major markets the facility is also located alongside port infrastructure, wastewater treatment, as well as existing road, rail and pipelines, enabling SAF production and distribution.

Production is expected to commence by Q426, enabling VARO to contribute to the significant growth in European SAF demand expected in the coming years.

Dev Sanyal, CEO of VARO, said: "The development of a large-scale SAF manufacturing facility in Rotterdam is an important milestone in the development of the ONE VARO Transformation strategy. This US$600 million investment strengthens our leading position in biofuels in Europe by adding SAF production to our portfolio of solutions and will provide our airline customers with an important route to decarbonisation."

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