UK-based SAF project awards front-end engineering, design contract to Worley
Worley announced June 3 that it has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) services contract by Alfanar for a low‑carbon fuels project in Teesside, U.K.
Alfanar’s Lighthouse Green Fuels project will convert residual solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and green naphtha. The project will process around 1 million metric tons of residual solid waste every year—such as municipal solid waste, refuse-derived fuel or solid recovered fuel—into around 46 million gallons of SAF and green naphtha per year.
“Our work with Alfanar on this important project will contribute to the decarbonization of air and road transportation,” said Bradley Andrews, president at Worley. “The project aims to make fuel that produces 80 percent fewer greenhouse gases than current fossil fuels, which could potentially save over 300,000 tons per annum of emissions each year. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, the plant could achieve in excess of 750,000 tons per annum.”
The plant is expected to enter commercial operations in 2027, following the scheduled start-up of the first Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy carbon cluster in Teesside.
Worley will provide FEED services and develop the existing early front-end engineering package and integrate the licensor scope to provide a greater level of definition to the project. Work will be led by its offices in the U.K. with support from specialists around the world and its Global Integrated Delivery team.
“The UK has an opportunity to be at the forefront of the SAF sector, with its access to suitable feedstocks and planned carbon capture infrastructure,” said Noaman Aladhami, U.K. country manager for Alfanar Energy Ltd. “Alfanar has committed to the next major phase of the Lighthouse Green Fuels plant by awarding Worley the FEED contract. We chose Worley because of its commitment to supporting sustainable projects and significant experience with delivering complex megaprojects.”
Andrews added, “Low-carbon fuels is a strategic priority for Worley. We look forward to supporting Alfanar in its energy transition journey while remaining aligned with our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world.”