A new joint venture between The Navigator Company (Navigator) and P2X-Europe aims to ramp up sustainable fuels for Portugal’s aviation industry and market supplies to its chemicals sector.

By teaming up to develop a production facility for non-fossil jet fuels or e-SAFs (e-sustainable aviation fuels) at industrial scale, the companies aim to leverage Portugal’s renewable energy and biogenic CO2 sectors. 

These sectors are supported by Navigator’s work in biogenic CO2 generation using its biorefineries which produce the gas via sustainable forests. 

Combined with P2X-Europe’s work in power-to-liquids project development, the scope of the agreement could see the partners producing 80,000 tonnes of renewable PtL products per year following start of operations in 2026. 

This will be achieved using carbon capture technologies to capture up to 280,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 in combination with several hundred megawatts of new renewable energy capacity. 

Granted the status of ‘Project of National Interest’ by the Portuguese Government, the PtL project will see its first two development phases totalling €550-600m in capex and will comprise of a green hydrogen production plant, biogenic CO2 capturing equipment, and a production capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year of synthetic products. 

The project intends to produce the fuels as part of a fully sustainable process, with the CO2 captured by photosynthesis and stored in trees – ensuring a net zero emissions carbon cycle – and the electricity generated from solar and wind and solar-driven photosynthesis. 

With several sustainability-focused European projects recently announced, such as the Green Deal, the EU Hydrogen Strategy, and REPowerEU, the project also contributes to a ‘landmark’ ruling backed by the European Parliament on replacing conventional kerosene with SAF and green hydrogen-based synthetic fuels.