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Air Products, World Energy to build $2 B conversion of SAF production facility

Air Products announced that it is teaming up with World Energy to build a new $2 B major expansion project at World Energy’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production and distribution hub in Paramount, California. The LA county facility is the world’s first commercial scale and North America’s only SAF production facility and its total fuel capacity will be expanded to 340 MMgpy.

The long-term, take-or-pay agreement with World Energy includes Air Products’ construction and ownership of a new H2 plant to be operated by Air Products and renewable fuels manufacturing facilities to be operated by World Energy. The project is scheduled to be onstream in 2025 and continues Air Products’ leadership in driving the energy transition through world-scale projects.

As part of the agreement, Air Products has extended its Southern California H2 pipeline network to supply H2 to the existing World Energy facility and to further increase supply reliability for all of Air Products’ H2 pipeline network customers in Southern California. The expanded pipeline network will also enable Air Products to provide low-or-zero-carbon H2 in the future. Air Products and World Energy will collaborate on innovations to transition to green H2 inputs, further reducing the carbon intensity of the fuels it produces.

“This project is another pioneering moment in Air Products’ commitment to help support the energy transition. We are already building the world’s largest green H2 facility with our partners in Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest blue H2 facility in Louisiana. Now we are teaming up with World Energy to build North America’s largest SAF facility,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased to be working with World Energy, enabling another U.S. megaproject that will provide measurable sustainability benefits and advance California’s decarbonization goals by producing a renewable fuel to meet the growing demands of the aviation industry.” 

“Getting real about net-zero aviation, is going to require the mobilization of resources unlike anything that has ever come before,” said Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy. “We are pulling together the very best companies in the world with the expertise, experience, commitment, and focus on collaborating to push the frontier of what can be done to decarbonize aviation today while building a platform for what needs to be done to decarbonize flight by 2050. This is an immense undertaking. But it must be done, and it requires that we move with speed, collaboration, and determination befitting the problem we aim to tackle.”

“This is another world-scale, history-making energy transition project for Air Products―one that showcases our onsite offerings and will again demonstrate our large project construction capabilities. It will also enhance the value of our existing H2 pipeline in Southern California as we increase our supply capacity with the connection to the new H2 production facility we will build in Paramount,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Air Products’ Chief Operating Officer.

The SAF produced by World Energy is a 100% sustainable fuel made entirely of renewable resources and contains no fossil-based feedstock. It is not co-processed with fossil fuel in traditional oil refineries, and its carbon attributes comply with all state and U.S. federal regulations for advanced biofuels. Its lifecycle carbon emissions are currently up to 80% lower than conventional jet fuel. It is approved at a 50/50 blend level with conventional jet fuel for commercial use. World Energy is collaborating with other industry leaders to gain approval for pure 100% renewable SAF use in regular commercial aviation to enable a future of carbon net-zero fossil-free flight. SAF allows aviation to be powered by the sun’s energy, captured by organic materials, and converted into high-energy-density liquid fuels.

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