ExxonMobil to supply Neste SAF for Singapore Airlines pilot program
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Airlines, and Singapore-headquartered global investment company Temasek have selected ExxonMobil as the vendor to supply and deliver sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of a pilot on the use of SAF in Singapore.
With support from CAAS and Temasek, Singapore Airlines will purchase blended SAF from ExxonMobil under this pilot. This product will comprise 1.25 million liters (330,215 gallons) of neat SAF, which will be supplied by Neste Corp. and produced from used cooking oil and waste animal fats, and blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore.
This blended fuel will be delivered to Changi Airport via the airport’s existing fuel hydrant system by the end of July. From the third quarter on, all Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights will use this blended fuel. The use of the SAF over the one-year pilot is expected to reduce about 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The appointment of ExxonMobil follows a request for proposal Nov. 10 to invite select producers and fuel suppliers to develop and execute plans to deliver blended SAF to Singapore Changi Airport. It is a follow-up to an earlier study conducted by the Singapore government and industry players on the operational and commercial viability of using SAF at Changi Airport.
“Sustainability will be a key CAAS priority in the coming years as we revive air travel and rebuild the Singapore air hub,” said Han Kok Juan, director-general of CAAS. “The SAF pilot is an important building block in our effort to develop a sustainable air hub. It will operationally validate SAF integration options in Singapore and provide insights on end-to-end cost components, potential pricing structures for cost recovery and support future policy considerations for SAF deployment.”
Geraldine Chin, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., said, “ExxonMobil is proud to join longstanding customer Singapore Airlines in the first SAF pilot in Singapore. Our well-established infrastructure and logistics capabilities allow us to supply jet fuel blended with Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel at Changi Airport. We are leveraging our resources, technology and capabilities to deliver more renewable fuels to help customers reduce their emissions.”