Bordeaux Airport and Elyse Energy partner up for sustainable aviation fuels

Bordeaux Airport and Elyse Energy partner up for sustainable aviation fuels

The two partners will bring together their expertise from production in Lacq to refuelling in Bordeaux in order to decarbonise air transport. A local e-kerosene industry will see the light of day.

This partnership in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (south-western France) came about quite naturally. Since 2022, Bordeaux-Mérignac Airports has been the first commercial airport in France, with over a million passengers, to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a permanent basis, with an incorporation rate of 30 %. Not too far away, in the Lacq basin (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Elyse Energy will be setting up a plant to produce kerosene from nuclear and renewable electricity, and biomass. The producer will be able to supply 75 000 tonnes per year of e-biofuel by 2028.

Thus, the synergies between the two players were therefore evident. Elyse Energy CEO, Pascal Pénicaud, affirms: “with the BioTJet project led by Elyse Energy and its partners Avril, Axens and IFPen in the Lacq basin, it seemed natural for us to join forces to work together on ways of supplying e-biokerosene to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport hub”.

The two partners will assess the amounts of SAF required to cover the needs of the airport of Bordeaux. The next step will be drafting purchase and distribution contracts, setting up regional fuelling and supply. Elyse Energy and Bordeaux airport will seek to further develop this regional industry by bringing in new players.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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