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Global chemicals and energy company Sasol and process technology specialist Topsoe have launched a 50/50 joint venture to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The companies announced the launch of the Zaffra joint venture on 14 March.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the joint venture would combine Topsoe’s carbon emission reduction technologies and Sasol’s experience in asset development, plant construction and operating and technology expertise, the companies said.

The joint venture, which was subject to regulatory approval, would involve developing, building, owning and operating SAF plants as well as marketing SAF derived primarily from non-fossil feedstock, the companies said on 21 June. Sasol’s Fischer Tropsch and Topsoe’s related technologies would be used in the project.

“The growing demand for SAF will require multiple pathways … our offer combines leading technologies with decades of experience in building and running production assets,” Zaffra CEO Jan Toschka said.

Sasol produces sustainable fuels and chemicals from green hydrogen and sustainable carbon sources.

Headquartered in Denmark, Topsoe is a developer and supplier of decarbonisation technology, catalysts, and services for the energy transition sector.