European supermajor Shell has become the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Singapore and has upgraded its facility in the country to blend SAF domestically.

SAF is approved to be used in aircrafts if it is blended with conventional jet fuel at a percentage of up to 50%.

The move comes after Shell outlined plans for a biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore, subject to a final investment decision, that would produce 550,000 tonnes of biofuels per year.

“Today’s announcement is an example of how we are building the capabilities now to accelerate the use of SAF in Asia,” said Jan Toschka, global president of Shell Aviation.

“Alongside investing in our capabilities to produce SAF, we are also focused on developing the regional infrastructure needed to get the fuel to our customers at their key locations.”

SAF is made from waste and sustainable products, according to Shell, and was blended in Europe, but subsequent batches will be blended at Shell’s facility.

Shell has previously announced it plans to produce around 2 million tonnes of SAF a year by 2025.

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