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ExxonMobil marks 1st certified blended-SAF delivery to Singapore Changi Airport

ExxonMobil successfully delivered the first cargo of certified sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Changi Airport as part of a one-year pilot launched by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Temasek.

As of July 1, Temasek’s involvement in the pilot will be managed by GenZero, an investment platform wholly owned by Temasek dedicated to accelerating decarbonization globally.

ExxonMobil was selected as the fuel supplier for the pilot in February.

“We are proud to supply certified SAF to Singapore Airlines in this inaugural pilot,” said Geraldine Chin, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. “ExxonMobil is bringing its established capabilities in fuels manufacturing and logistics to help customers such as SIA achieve their net-zero ambitions.”

Under this pilot, ExxonMobil is providing SAF for Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights from Changi Airport beginning this month.

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.

ExxonMobil is leveraging its integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Singapore for the blending process, and its logistics network for the SAF delivery to Changi Airport.

The demand for lower-emission fuels is expected to grow, driven by the need for energy-dense, lower carbon-intensity fuels for hard-to-decarbonize transportation such as aviation, marine and heavy-duty trucking.

ExxonMobil plans to provide more than 1.68 million gallons per day of lower-emission fuels, including SAF, by 2025, and has a further goal of supplying 8.4 million gallons per day by 2030.

“Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonization journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time,” said Lee Wen Fen, senior vice president corporate planning with Singapore Airlines. “Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonization lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Working together with our partners, we will continue support the adoption of SAF in Singapore.”

Sami Jauhiainen, vice president of renewable aviation for the Asia-Pacific region at Neste, said, “We are excited to see Singapore Airlines starting today the use of neat Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in their flight operations. The collaboration with ExxonMobil, Singapore Airlines, Temasek and CAAS demonstrates the potential of SAF in reducing aviation’s emissions and helps accelerate its use in Singapore and globally. Neste is committed to play its part as we are starting SAF production in Singapore in the first quarter of 2023 with 1 million tons of production capacity per annum.”

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