2016 saw South African Airways (SAA) perform Africa’s first flight powered by SAF produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris. It was refined by World Energy Fuels in the USA, supplied by SkyNRG and supported by Boeing. Project Reya Fofa, the follow up to Project Solaris, has now kicked off with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the project partners. The project will introduce Solaris-based biodiesel into the ground-handling operations at O.R Tambo International Airport. This will support a feasible scale-up of feedstock production and infrastructure such that a fully localised value chain for an Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) refinery may be achieved in the coming years, producing bio-jet fuel and green diesel. The next phase will be rolled out in a collaboration between Sunchem, Swissport, The Royal Bafokeng Nation (through implementing entity Moumo Integrated Development) and iLive and is endorsed by South African Airways (SAA).
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