TotalEnergies: launches the production of sustainable fuel for aviation on its Normandy platform

Paris, March 3, 2022 – The Normandy platform of TotalEnergies has successfully started the production of sustainable fuel for aviation1 (FAS). This new site complements the biofuel production capacities of the La Mède biorefinery (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Oudalle plant (Seine-Maritime).

This decision allows TotalEnergies to meet the demand of its customers and to respond to French legislation which requires aircraft to use at least 1% SAF from January 1, 2022.

TotalEnergies will also produce SAF on its zero gross platform at Grandpuits south-east of Paris from 2024.

All of the biofuel intended for French airports will be produced from waste and residues resulting in particular from the circular economy.

“By announcing the start of SAF production at a new site in France, we are responding to strong demand from the aeronautics industry to reduce its carbon footprint. We are also confirming our commitment to supporting our customers by offering them innovative solutions to reduce their emissions. . This commitment is fully in line with the company’s climate ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, in collaboration with society,” declares Bernard Pinatel, President Refining-Chemicals of TotalEnergies.


Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
Sustainable aviation fuel is an off-the-shelf solution to drastically reduce CO2 air transport emissions. It can be used as an alternative fuel without modifying existing storage and refueling infrastructure, aircraft or engines. Gradual incorporation worldwide is expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from air transport since, on average, biofuel produces 80% less CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle when produced from waste and residue.

TotalEnergies and SAF

TotalEnergies has been involved in numerous sustainable aviation fuel initiatives since 2014. SAF involvement kicked into high gear in 2021 with several firsts in France – including the first delivery of SAF to Charles de Gaulle and the first permanent supply of SAF at Le Bourget – and in the world, with the first 100% SAF flight of an Airbus helicopter equipped with a Safran engine in Marignane and an Airbus A319Neo in Toulouse.

By developing and supporting the emergence of a sustainable aviation fuel value chain, TotalEnergies confirms the leading role played by France and the rest of Europe in stimulating innovation in the energy and environmental transition.

1Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a mixture of conventional aviation fuel (Jet-A1) and biofuel from waste and residues from the circular economy in particular (animal fats, used cooking oils, etc.). Biofuel has similar properties to Jet-A1 and produces up to 80% less CO2 emissions over its life cycle compared to the fossil equivalent.

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About the Normandy Platform of TotalEnergies
The Normandy Platform is one of six integrated TotalEnergies Refining-Chemicals platforms worldwide. It includes a refinery, a petrochemical plant and a polymer production site. The Normandy refinery is the largest in France, representing 12% of the country’s refining capacity. Each year, it converts nearly 12 million tonnes of crude into some 200 commonly used products, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, oils, lubricants and sustainable aviation fuel. Production from the refinery provides the petrochemical facility and polymer units with the raw material to produce plastic pellets which are used to make many everyday items. The Normandy Platform is currently leading, deploying or studying 14 projects to achieve net zero by 2050. These include sustainable aviation fuel, electrification of its vehicle fleet, a solar farm and carbon hydrogen using carbon capture and storage.

About TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewable energies and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Present in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies places sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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