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Resintech has signed an agreement with Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in Malaysia to develop and produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from algae, the New Straits Times reported.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Resintech subsidiary Resintech Plastics, Sarawak, (RPSB) with SEDC subsidiary Energy (SESB) on 16 June, the report on the same date said.

As part of the agreement, Resintech will provide the critical infrastructure needed for the cultivation of algae to be used as an SAF feedstock, according to the report.

Resintech managing director Dr Teh Kim Poo was quoted as saying the joint venture with SESB underlined Resintech’s strategic plan to expand its operations in Sarawak.

SAF produced from algae was an environmentally friendly and efficient solution to the problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the aviation industry, the report said.

Unlike conventional fossil-based jet fuels, algae-based SAF is produced via bio-conversion, where algae’s naturally occurring photosynthetic processes are harnessed to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into lipids. The lipids are then harvested and refined into the final fuel product.