Neste expands Singapore refinery, establishes SAF supply chain to Changi Airport

Neste recently celebrated the opening of their refinery expansion in Singapore, after completion of the EUR 1.6 billion Singapore Expansion project. This comes after the organisation announced its final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore in December 2018.

The Singapore refinery expansion doubles Neste’s production capacity in Singapore and brings the refinery’s total capacity to 2.6 million tons annually, of which up to one million tons can be sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

In addition to increased production capacity, the enhanced raw material pre-treatment capacity onsite increases Neste’s capability to process more challenging waste and residue raw materials.

Said Matti Lehmus, President and CEO of Neste, “This marks another important milestone in our renewables growth strategy execution. The completion of the construction of the refinery is a remarkable achievement given the complexity of the project and as it was carried out during a global pandemic.

Singapore has world-class logistics connectivity enabling efficient transportation of the renewable raw materials as well as final products globally. Also, its world-class education supports the availability of future talents to be a part of our production and commercial operations, as well as to enhance our R&D in our recently established Innovation Center.”

Aside from the Singapore expansion, Neste has also established an integrated SAF supply chain to Singapore’s Changi Airport, in a bid to support the city-state’s ambitious emission reduction targets – part of the Green Plan 2030 and Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint under preparation for completion later this year.

“Singapore is a leading aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to being a global hub for Neste’s SAF production, we have established an integrated SAF supply chain to Singapore Changi Airport to make our product available to an increasing number of regional and international airlines. The neat SAF is produced at our refinery located in the Tuas area of Singapore, then blended together with conventional fossil jet fuel and certified to meet jet fuel specifications at the blending terminal in Singapore, and finally delivered to our customers at Changi Airport,” said Sami Jauhiainen, acting Executive Vice President for the Renewable Aviation business unit of Neste.

SAF is widely acknowledged as a key element in achieving the aviation industry’s ambitious emission reduction goals. To support its aviation customers across the globe in achieving their climate targets by reducing their emissions with SAF, Neste is also developing a global network of airports where it has the capability to supply SAF directly into aircraft.

Singapore’s Changi airport extends this network of airports, which includes San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) in the U.S., Amsterdam (AMS) in the Netherlands, and Helsinki Airport (HEL) in Finland. Neste is also supplying SAF to various fuel marketing companies, broadening its availability outside its own airport network.