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Sinopec receives certificate for large-scale production of biojet fuel

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Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has obtained a biojet fuel airworthiness certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on September 19. The first batch of biojet fuel will be shipped to the Airbus (China) Tianjin plant in September. The fuel, derived from used cooking oil, will then be used for flights across China. This will mark the first time that large-scale produced biojet fuel will serve the aviation industry in China.

The airworthiness certificate means that Sinopec can sell the bio-jet fuel produced at Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery to aviation operators nationwide. The refinery, in the Zhenhai District of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, has an annual designed processing capacity of 100 000 t and adopts Sinopec's biojet fuel production technology (SRJET) to produce the fuel. The plant's first batch in June 2022 produced around 600 t of biojet fuel.

"With the airworthiness certificate, Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery can now sell biojet fuel to the entire civil aviation market, we will continue to expand the market and supply chain to build a full industry chain of biojet fuel," said Mo Dingge, CEO of Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery.

China has strict standards for airworthiness certification. Beforehand, experts from the Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC conducted onsite evaluations at Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery that covered all stages of operation, including the biojet fuel quality management system, production process management and control, product storage and transportation and sample analysis and testing.

The refinery has already obtained Asia's first global RSB sustainable aviation fuel certification issued by Scientific Certification Systems, a key pass for China's biojet fuel to enter the international market.

Compared to traditional petroleum-based aviation kerosene, biojet fuel can reduce carbon emissions by up to 50% throughout the entire life cycle.

Sinopec is committed to advancing the development of China's biojet fuel industry. It developed its SRJET technology in 2009 and produced biojet fuel in December 2011 that was successfully tested in flight at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in April 2013. After two years of evaluation, experts confirmed Sinopec's biojet fuel as suitable for operation in aviation, and the company obtained China's first airworthiness certification for biojet fuel in 2014.

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