Aemetis, JetBlue sign SAF offtake agreement
Aemetis Inc. announced April 26 that an offtake agreement has been signed with JetBlue for 125 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over a 10-year term. The value of the contract including incentives is approximately $530 million.
The blended sustainable aviation fuel to be supplied under this agreement is 40 percent SAF and 60 percent petroleum jet fuel.
“JetBlue is proud to lead the aviation industry with its climate and SAF commitments and is encouraged by the continued growth of the SAF market, which will be vital to reaching our own 2040 net-zero target,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue CEO. “We also recognize the value of California’s renewable fuel incentives that help grow SAF in the state. State and federal incentives encourage clean-energy jobs and economic activity, demonstrating that what’s good for our environment is often good for business.”
The SAF is expected to be produced by the Aemetis renewable diesel and SAF project under development on a 125-acre former U.S. Army Ammunition production plant site in Riverbank, California. The blended sustainable aviation fuel is scheduled to begin deliveries to JetBlue in 2025.
“The adoption of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the environmental impact of aviation is a significant megatrend led by JetBlue and other airlines,” said Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “Our production of SAF in California is due to the commitment by California Air Resources Board to the success of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, creating new investment and jobs in disadvantaged minority communities in the state while improving the environment worldwide.”
Powered by 100 percent renewable electricity, the Aemetis Carbon Zero production plant at the Riverbank site is being designed to sequester CO2 from the production process using injection wells, significantly reducing the carbon intensity of the renewable fuel.