The Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP) has completed the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s first conversion of used cooking oil (UCO) into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Biofuels International reported.

Jointly owned by state-owned global petroleum firm Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) – with a 62.5% share – and the remaining share held by global energy company TotalEnergies – SATORP produced SAF last August, which met all product quality parameters within SAF specifications, from co-processing UCO in the refinery’s low-pressure hydro-desulphurisation unit (LPHDS), the 1 November report said.

After receiving International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC+) to produce SAF, the refinery at Jubail Industrial City in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia would be able to meet the expected rise in SAF demand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Biofuels International wrote.

“This project … is part of TotalEnergies’ aim to produce 1.5M tonnes/year of SAF by 2030,” Francois Good, senior vice-president, refining and petrochemicals Africa Middle East and Asia at TotalEnergies, was quoted as saying.

The development of SAF was in line with the company’s climate goal to achieve net zero by 2050, Good added.