Azure to set up SAF facility in Kansas
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developer Azure announced its plans to develop SAF production facility in Cherryvale, Kansas, targeting production in 2027.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring this project to Kansas” said Douglas Cole, CEO, Azure.
“Our project combines advancements from the aviation sector with the strength of the agricultural community, while relying on the skills and expertise of the oil and gas industry. We believe that our project would help to enhance Kansas’ rich aviation history and create a significant number of new construction and high-quality operations jobs. A project of this scale would not be possible without the support of local authorities, including the Montgomery County Commission.”
The project’s front-end engineering and design (FEED) study was launched in June 2023. The company is expected to make a final investment decision by 2025.
Azure began FEED studies and related work required for regulatory approvals on four North American sites in planning stages. Once fully operational, each facility will produce renewable fuels, predominantly SAF.
The Kansas facility will produce approximately 135m gallons renewable fuels – primarily SAF – per year.
The company said it has received significant support from the local government. “On December 18, the Montgomery County Commission approved various tax incentives to help support the project. These incentives include a 10-year property tax exemption and an exemption on sales tax on construction materials and labour,” the company’s statement highlighted.
Earlier in October, Azure Sustainable entered in a strategic partnership with global supply chain company, Savage, and its agribusiness, Bartlett to help accelerates the company’s plans of producing SAF.