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Europe’s first sustainable jet fuel facility

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

A milestone has been reported by Velocys plc and it GreenSky London project with British Airways which is being developed by Solena Fuels Corporation. The location for the project has been selected, the Thames Enterprise Park, which is part of the site of the former Coryton refinery, Thurrock, Essex, UK. The initial engineering design is now complete and the next engineering phase is due to begin.

Project details

Velocys was selected in July 2012 to provide Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to GreenSky London, Europe’s first commercial scale sustainable jet fuel facility. The project is the first of several waste biomass to jet fuel projects planned by Solena.

Approximately 575 000 tpa of post recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will be converted to 120 000 t of clean burning liquid fuels. British Airways has committed to purchasing all 50 0000 tpa of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates on a long term basis.


Roy Lipski, CEO, Velocys said, "today’s announcement of the selected site represents an important step forward for GreenSky London. Velocys is pleased to be part of this ground breaking project and to contribute to British Airways’ strategy for sustainable aviation, as well as Solena’s plans for similar projects worldwide."

Jonathon Counsell, Head of Environment, British Airways said, "we are delighted that the GreenSky London project is one stage closer to fruition. With the site selected, and world class technology partners such as Velocys in place, this first of a kind project is laying the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly."

Robert Do, President and CEO, Solena said, "we are proud to have Velocys as part of the consortium of world class companies assembled for the GreenSky London project, which has taken another big step forward. We are looking forward to successfully building GreenSky London for British Airways, and additional facilities worldwide."

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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