The facility is set to become one of the ‘biggest’ in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The process will see Shell’s carbon capture technology capturing emissions released during manufacture, ready to be stored beneath the North Sea through the Porthos project.

Aiming to reduce its production of traditional fuels by 55% by 2030, in addition to providing alternative fuels, Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director, Shell, said that today’s announcement of a final investment decision to build the facility is a ‘key part’ of the transformation of one of its major refineries.

This transformation is part of Shell’s Powering Progress strategy which will see its refineries becoming five energy and chemicals parks.

As demand grows from hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as heavy road transport and aviation, the biofuels facility will produce renewable diesel and SAF, which currently accounts for just 0.1% of global aviation fuel.

Stating that Shell has been on the road to a lower-carbon future for ‘some time’, Marjan van Loon, President Director, Shell Netherlands BV, said, “This investment is an important step.”

“The project will mean hundreds of millions of dollars of investment each year during construction, it will create hundreds of jobs, and help to maintain the facility’s competitiveness for years to come,” she added.

The biofuels facility is set to begin production in 2024.