Multinational integrated oil, gas and petrochemical company OMV and aviation fuel provider Associated Energy Group (AEG Fuels) are working together to distribute regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced by OMV in Austria.
The two companies have agreed to market an on-demand quantity of SAF in 2022, allowing end-users, mainly from the general aviation segment, to access the product as an alternative to conventional jet fuel at Vienna International Airport. The sustainable fuel is produced at the OMV Schwechat Refinery by co-processing regional used cooking oil provided by Austrian based collector Münzer Bioindustrie in the fuel production process.
This approach makes the entire production chain as regional as possible and keeps transport routes to a minimum. Compared to conventional kerosene, SAF contributes to a CO2 reduction of more than 80 per cent over the entire lifecycle. In technical terms, one key advantage of SAF is that existing infrastructure can be used for storage and refuelling.
“I am convinced that the replacement of fossil kerosene with fuels made from renewable raw materials is an indispensable strong lever to promote CO2-neutral flying,” said Josef Rath, Senior Vice President of Industrial Sales and Marketing at OMV. “With tailor-made sustainable aviation fuel solutions for our customers, we want to make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of the aviation industry.”
AEG Fuels has committed to purchasing the product and distributing the supply to aircraft end-users via AEG’s numerous sales and marketing channels. With OMV’s direct pipeline to Vienna International Airport, SAF will be available for refuelling end users as needed.
“AEG is committed to playing an active part in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint,” added Daria Napolskikh, Director of Supply, Europe for AEG Fuels. “We are proud to partner with OMV to make the limited supply of their responsibly produced SAF available to our customers. Our closely coordinated collaboration delivers an immediate and straightforward solution for operators to cut their carbon emissions. By improving SAF availability, we are simplifying our customers’ pathways to achieving their sustainability goals. We are excited to provide the aviation industry with decarbonisation tools through our partnership with OMV in 2022 and beyond.”