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Norway's Oslo Airport begins sustainable jet fuel delivery for airlines

CTBR Staff Writer Published 25 January 2016

Oslo Airport in Norway has started offering sustainable jet fuel made from camelina oil for all its airline customers.

The biofuel has been developed by Neste as part of the Initiative Towards sustaAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project, which is aimed at supporting the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner.

SENASA, Airbus Group, Biotehgen, CLH, Embraer, EPFL, Manchester Metropolitan University, RE-CORD and SkyNRG are also involved in the ITAKA project, SeeNews Renewables reported.

The project has been funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.

The fuel has been produced using the NEXBTL technology at Neste's Porvoo refinery in Finland, according to the publication.

SkyNRG, Avinor and Air BP made the commercial supply of first volumes of sustainable biojet fuel possible.

Air BP CEO David Gilmour said: "This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease, utilizing existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will increase interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector."

Lufthansa, KLM and SAS will be first to use sustainable jet fuel from the airport's main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant system.

Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said: "With the recent Paris agreement signed and the airline industry's ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, we are delighted to be the first airport in the world to enable refueling of biofuel from our existing fuel farm and hydrant dispenser system.

"As first movers we hope to inspire other airports and airlines to follow suit so we can all work towards the desired low carbon future."