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Malaysia-based used cooking oil (UCO) recycling company FatHopes Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai-based biofuel producer Lootah Biofuels to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Dubai, World Biomarkets Insights wrote.

As part of the agreement – signed at COP28 held in Dubai last year – the companies would supply SAF to airlines operating from Dubai International Airport, the 15 December report said.

The collaboration aimed to explore the development of a SAF refinery that could supply SAF to the aviation sector in Dubai or directly to the airport, World Biomarkets Insights wrote.

Factors such as proximity to the point of consumption in Dubai and feedstock availability in Malaysia would be taken into consideration when deciding the plant’s location, the report said.

To secure a consistent feedstock supply for the SAF refinery, Lootah Biofuels would develop and use FatHopes Energy’s UCO collection technology, including mobile apps, digital solutions, an entrepreneurship programme and franchisee scheme across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, World Biomarkets Insights wrote.

The MoU also included plans for assessing and setting up a UCO feedstock collection hub in Westport, Malaysia, the report said.