The province of Groningen is in the running to become the future location of a biokerosene production facility.
Translation by Traci White
According to the Algemeen Dagblad, if Amsterdam-based biofuel company SkyNRG chooses to build their Dutch facility in Groningen, it would be an investment of between 5 to 10 million euros. The Groninger Internet Courant reports that Amsterdam and Rotterdam are also under consideration.
Dutch national airline KLM is looking to increase its use of cleaner forms of kerosene that rely on organic materials as jet fuel. SkyNRG currently relies primarily on used cooking oil to create the biokerosene. The greener fuel alternative is up to three times more expensive than conventional kerosene, and as such, it is not yet a widely used fuel source.
KLM currently operates a handful of services where its planes are fuelled by biokerosene, which is manufactured as a facility in Los Angeles. There are no biokerosene facilities in northwestern Europe, and Groningen is seen as a promising candidate due to its access to the deep see harbour at Eemshaven and a good existing pipeline infrastructure.
SkyNRG’s sustainability board, which evaluates the sustainability of potential organic sources for fuel (also known as feedstocks), already has a connection to Groningen: the members of the board are the University of Groningen, the World Wildlife Federation, Solidaridad and the European Climate Foundation.
Wherever the factory is ultimately built, the Algemeen Dagblad reports that its arrival is expected to lead to both direct and indirect job growth connected to building the facility and then production and transportation of the fuel.
Photo source: SkyNRG