Essar Oil announces new waste-to-fuel plant at Ellesmere Port
16 February 2021
Essar Oil has announced a new facility at Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port, northwest England, which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports. Essar and its subsidiary, Stanlow Terminals Limited, will create the new facility in partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy.
Stanlow Oil Refinery - Image: Essar Oil
In a statement, Essar said the innovative bio-refinery will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon SAF annually.
The project, which will see an investment of approximately £600m, will use Fulcrum’s waste-to-fuel process, which is already being deployed at its facility outside of Reno, Nevada in the US, where operations are due to begin later this year.
The development will see Fulcrum construct, own and operate the plant within Essar’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Cheshire, UK. This will be the first Fulcrum plant outside the United States.
Essar will assist with the blending and supply the new SAF to airlines, with Stanlow Terminals Limited providing product storage and logistics solutions for the project under a long-term agreement. The Fulcrum venture will complement Essar’s wider plans to build a green energy industrial cluster at the Stanlow site. Earlier this year, it announced its participation in production of blue hydrogen under the HyNet project.
The Stanlow project, named Fulcrum NorthPoint, will create 800 direct and indirect jobs during the design, build and commissioning process and over 100 permanent jobs during its operation. Plans for Fulcrum NorthPoint are expected to be complete at the end of this year and subject to planning consent, will be operational in late 2025.
Essar said that the project is a breakthrough deal to provide dedicated tank capacity for the storage and blending of fuel products from Fulcrum NorthPoint. It will also utilise direct pipeline access to pump and transport the SAF to UK airports through the Manchester Jet Line and the UK Oil Pipeline network (UKOP).
Stein Ivar Bye, Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil UK, commented: “Stanlow has produced high quality energy products for over 60 years and we intend to remain a key national supplier of energy for the UK into the future. Our sights are firmly set on helping to drive the UK’s decarbonisation strategy. This landmark development supports our long term sustainability ambition to deliver the energy solutions of the future and position Stanlow as the UK’s leading sustainable aviation fuel hub. It also complements the announcement last month regarding a blue hydrogen development at Stanlow as part of the HyNet project. Together, these initiatives will help diversify the refinery in a greener direction, and help achieve the UK’s decarbonisation goals.”