UK’s Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited UK to facilitate direct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply for Manchester Airport (MAN).

With this development, the UK’s third-largest gateway is set to become the country’s first airport to have a direct sustainable jet fuel supply.

The airport will receive the fuel through an existing pipeline that spans between Stanlow and MAN.

As part of this project, Fulcrum is working on the development of Fulcrum NorthPoint, which is a new SAF refinery at Stanlow.

This collaboration aims to employ the benefits of using SAF, which is expected to facilitate the decarbonisation of the aviation industry.

Fulcrum and MAG’s partnership will focus on replacing up to 10% of the fuel consumption at the airport with SAF in a span of five years after the commencement of the Fulcrum NorthPoint facility.

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The alliance will enable airlines operating at MAN to decarbonise their operations through the usage of SAF.

In a statement, MAG said: “Fulcrum NorthPoint will produce approximately 100 million litres of SAF per year, which, when blended 50/50 with traditional jet fuel, could fill the fuel tanks of approximately 1,200 Boeing 777-300s.

“The fuel produced will have a CO₂ footprint at least 70% lower than that of its traditional jet fuel equivalent and will be produced from residual household and commercial wastes, which would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration.”

Recently, MAG partnered with CarbonClick to provide passengers with the option to offset their flight emissions at all of its three airports, namely MAN, London Stansted (STN) and East Midlands (EMA).

In July, MAN secured the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recognition for its efforts to make the airport Covid-protected.