Norway’s Oslo Airport will become the world’s first hub to receive regular deliveries of biofuel.
Bio-jet fuel will be used for the first time in the hydrant system of the airport. Its operator Avinor has signed an agreement with Statoil Aviation for the delivery of the same.
According to current plans, biofuel will be delivered by March 2015.
In the first 12 months, Statoil Aviation will deliver 2.5 million litres of sustainable biofuel to the tank facility at Oslo Airport.
This will cover approximately 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen with a 50% biofuel mix. The initial bio-fuel deliveries might come from used cooking oil.
Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said: "It’s not out of the question that we in Norway could achieve large-scale production of sustainable aviation bio-fuel at a competitive price in 2020."
Oslo Airport’s managing director Øyvind Hasaas said: "Along with our many other measures, this will represent an additional boost to our climate and environmental work."
The production of biofuel could be beneficial for Norway as it would help in reducing greenhouse emissions and increase value creation from forests.
Statoil Aviation vice-president Thorbjörn Larsson said: "Statoil Aviation has now taken biofuel from tests and promotions to real business.
"Signing supply contracts with airlines, which include biofuels drop-in, is a real breakthrough in the aviation industry, and another important step for a better environment."
Image: Oslo Airport has entered an agreement with Statoil Aviation to receive regular deliveries of biofuel. Photo: courtesy of Avinor.