Technip Energies wins contract for LanzaTech SAF facility in UK

By Technip Energies | April 13, 2023

Technip Energies announces the award of a contract for the front end engineering design (FEED) phase of LanzaTech’s DRAGON sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) Project based on LanzaJet alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology, on track to be one of the first commercial SAF facilities in the U.K. 

Under a U.K. government mandate, SAF must comprise the equivalent to at least 10 percent of jet fuel by 2030. DRAGON stands for Decarbonizing and Reimagining Aviation for the Goal Of Netzero. 

LanzaTech U.K.’s DRAGON SAF Project has been awarded supplemental funding through the U.K. Department for Transport’s Advanced Fuel Fund to help decarbonize aviation fuel in the U.K. The flagship facility, to be located in Port Talbot, Wales, will uniquely use feedstock (ethanol) derived from local waste sources, bringing circularity to the project’s green credentials.

The development, which is expected to produce 79 KTA (thousand metric tons per year) (ca.100million litres/year) of SAF will deploy LanzaJet’s proprietary ATJ technology.  T.EN’s proprietary Hummingbird technology has been selected for the ethanol to ethylene conversion, which is the first step of the LanzaJet ATJ Process. Once in production, the plant will produce substantial quantities of low carbon intensity SAF to help the UK realize their net zero ambitions at an accelerated pace. The technology also will produce 10M liters per year of low-carbon intensity, sulfur- free renewable diesel as a valuable co-product. 

This project follows a similar ATJ project being constructed in the U.S., LanzaJet’s Freedom Pines Fuels 10M GPY (38M LPY) ATJ unit, expected to come on stream at the end of 2023.  This project also includes T.EN’s proprietary Hummingbird technology on the front end, and will be its first commercial plant, and the world’s first ATJ unit. 

In April 2022, T.EN’s U.K. Operating Centre successfully completed the ISBL (Inside Battery Limits) FEED assessment for the project, and has now been tasked with executing the consolidated FEED Package for the full facility. T.EN’s main aim is to develop an ‘Execution Ready’ FEED package in order to move the project forward efficiently into the next phase of development.

Technip Energies has proven capabilities and expertise in engineering, technology and sustainable chemicals, spanning 60-plus years. Its Hummingbird technology produces bio-ethylene from a variety of ethanol feedstocks, derived from diverse sustainable sources including via the fermentation of industrial waste gases. Unlike traditional ‘grey’ ethylene production, the Hummingbird process does not necessitate the steam cracking of fossil fuels. The Hummingbird technology within the LanzaJet ATJ solution provides a “best-in-class” route to producing sustainable aviation fuel via ethanol.

Bhaskar Patel, SVP sustainable fuels, chemicals and circularity of Technip Energies commented, “We are delighted to be participating in this next FEED phase towards developing the Project DRAGON ATJ Unit, to service the U.K. aviation industry. As a sustainable chemical process, one of the four pillars of the Energy Transition framework of Technip Energies, this first commercial application of the Hummingbird® technology with LanzaTech and LanzaJet, provides a great opportunity to demonstrate the many advantages that it brings.”

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech said, “Sustainably sourced ethanol, from a variety of waste-based resources, is an ideal substrate for the production of sustainable fuels and chemical building blocks. The Hummingbird technology presents a carbon efficient pathway to SAF via the LanzaJet ATJ Process. Hard to abate sectors, like aviation need all available solutions to support emissions reductions and I am delighted that LanzaTech, LanzaJet and Technip Energies can play a part.”