Global engineering company JGC Holdings has teamed up with petrochemical firm Cosmo Oil on a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in Japan using Honeywell technology, Honeywell announced on 28 October.

In the project, locally-sourced used cooking oil (UCO) would be converted into SAF using Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology, Honeywell said, with production due to begin in 2025.

“This project is a new challenge for Cosmo Oil, which produces petroleum products derived from crude oil,” Cosmo Oil director and executive officer Taisuke Matsuoka said.

“We need to work on the decarbonisation of fuels through a multiple approach to contribute to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 set by the Japanese government. Introducing SAF production on a commercial scale is the first step.”

Developed jointly with Italy’s Eni SpA, the UOP Ecofining process converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel.

Both products could be used as a drop-in replacement fuel in vehicles and aircraft without equipment modifications, Honeywell said.

To date, Honeywell has 24 Ecofining units licensed in 11 countries around the world, processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks.

Based in Kanagawa, Japan, JGC Holdings Corporation is active in the construction liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, biomass power generation, photovoltaic power plants and other forms of sustainable energy.

A subsidiary of the Cosmo Energy Group, Tokyo-based Cosmo Oil Company is active in the production of clean energy, mainly from wind power generation. Cosmo Energy Group aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Honeywell UOP supplies and licenses process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.