Construction on the first second-generation bioethanol site in the UK is expected to begin in the new year.
Nova Pangaea’s NOVAONE plant will convert bioethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), helping the government to achieve its Jet Zero Strategy to decarbonise ten per cent of all domestic flights by the end of the decade.
Sarah Ellerby, chief executive officer of Nova Pangaea Technologies, said: “We are driven by contributing to the UK’s Levelling Up agenda as well as the UK’s recently announced Jet Zero Strategy by creating significant, green jobs and accelerating the critical pathway to unlock SAF.”
The Jet Zero Strategy sets out ambitions to achieve net zero aviation by 2050 through the commercial production of SAF. To support this, the government has invested £180 million in the development of the SAF industry in the UK, and aims to have five plants under construction by 2025.
To help, Nova Pangaea has signed a Joint Development Agreement with British Airways and LanzaJet to boost domestic production of SAF.
In addition to supporting this new technology, the NOVAONE site will create hundreds of jobs during construction, as well as 45 highly-skilled roles once it is fully operational, helping to boost the local economy.
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, added this is an example of the region “leading the way in cutting-edge projects of the future”.
He added the site will showcase Teesside at the “forefront of low-carbon initiatives”.
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