Essar UK has teamed up with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited and subsidiary-company Stanlow Terminals to create a new facility which will convert non-recyclable household, commercial and other wastes into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports.

This innovative bio-refinery will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon SAF annually.

Subject to certain project milestones being met, the facility will be producing SAF in 2026.

The project, which is supported by the UK Department for Transport, will use Fulcrum’s proven waste-to-fuel process, which is already being deployed at its pioneering facility outside of Reno, Nevada in the US, where operations are due to begin this year. Fulcrum is the only company in the world to have successfully financed and constructed a dedicated waste-to-SAF plant.

The development will see Fulcrum construct, own and operate the plant at a strategic site within the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex – their first plant outside the United States.  Essar will assist with the blending and supply the new SAF to airlines, with Stanlow Terminals providing product storage and logistics solutions for the project under a long-term agreement.

The Fulcrum venture will complement Essar’s wider plans to build a low-carbon industrial cluster at the Stanlow site.

For further information see our latest media release here.