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Thai petroleum and energy conglomerate Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited (BCP) – previously known as Bangchak Petroleum – has signed a construction agreement for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project using used cooking oil (UCO) in Thailand.

The project involves BSGF Company – a joint venture between Bangchak Corporation Public Company, BBGI Public Company and Thanachok Oil Light Company Limited – and Japanese engineering and construction firm TTCL Public Company Limited.

“The establishment of a SAF production unit is … manifestation of Bangchak's … implementation of the BCP 316 NET plan, aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2030 and achieving Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050,” Bangchak Corporation Public Company’s group CEO and president Chaiwat Kovavisarach said.

The SAF production unit at Bangchak refinery would use pre-treatment technology from Malaysia-based company Desmet to eliminate impurities and contaminants from UCO collected from the “Fry to Fly” campaign and other channels, Bangchak said on 28 June.

As part of the “Fry to Fly” initiative, the general public is encouraged to sell UCO at participating Bangchak service stations and collection points.

In addition, the production process at the new plant would involve a deoxygenation process, using Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining Technology, to alter and crack the molecular structure using hydrogen, the company said.

Bangchak said the 1M litres/day unit was scheduled to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2024.