Source: VTTI’s ETT Rotterdam Terminal
Source: VTTI’s ETT Rotterdam Terminal

Finnish renewable fuels producer Neste has expanded its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) storage capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, following a collaboration with energy storage and infrastructure developer VTTI.

As part of the agreement, Neste commissioned capacity at VTTI’s ETT terminal for the storage and blending of Neste MY SAF.

The collaboration was part of Neste’s expansion of its global SAF production and supply capabilities, which included increased SAF production at its refinery in Singapore and the modification of its Rotterdam facility for SAF nearing completion, the company said on 27 May.

Located in one of the biggest fuel logistics hubs in Europe with access to the broader European fuel infrastructure, such as the Central European Pipeline System (CEPS), VTTI’s ETT terminal would enable a more sustainable and efficient fuel supply to customers and airports across Europe, Neste said.

“This expansion of our supply capabilities enables our customers to accelerate SAF usage at European airports and lays a strong foundation for fulfilling the requirements of the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation, mandating the supply of a minimum share of SAF to European airports from 2025 onwards,” Neste renewable aviation business vice president Alexander Kueper said.

“It also shows how we are working together with partners like VTTI to repurpose existing fuel distribution infrastructure for more sustainable alternatives like SAF.”

VTTI Netherlands Terminals senior vice president Jaap Koomen said the partnership with Neste was part of its aim to have half of its business in transitional and sustainable energies by 2028.

Neste has committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035 and to reducing the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50% by 2040.

VTTI operates 16 energy storage and processing terminals for fuels, chemicals and gases.

In addition to providing storage for biofuels and SAF, the company is developing energy infrastructure for the storage of liquified natural gas (LNG), renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen and other energy sources.