Solarig to set up SAF plant in Spain with €780m investment


Madrid-based renewable energy firm Solarig said it will set up a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant with a production capacity of 60,000 tonnes per annum in Parque Empresarial del Medio Ambiente (PEMA), Garray, Spain.

The project titled ‘Numantia SAF’ will incorporate fully dedicated renewable assets such as a 370MWp solar photovoltaic plant, a 50MW wind farm, as well as battery storage with a 100MWh capacity.

The construction phase is expected to start in 2026 and the commissioning and operation in 2028.

The plant will house two pathways for SAF including the gas-to-liquid (GtL) one, that consists of the reforming of biomethane obtained from the valorisation of local agricultural and livestock waste.

Secondly, the power-to-liquid (PtL) one that combines biogenic CO₂ with renewable H2.

The company is aiming to power both of these pathways through renewable energy and will decarbonise the transport sector through the capture and utilisation of 140,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year, and the reduction of 170,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year.

Solarig has signed an agreement with the Sociedad Pública de Infraestructuras y Medio Ambiente de Castilla y León (Somacyl) to acquire 116,000 square metres within PEMA, where the plant will be located.

“Today Solarig is announcing a pioneering project in the world with a fully circular approach: it involves the use and recovery of biogas produced from our agricultural and livestock waste together with renewable resources: water, wind and sun, ” said Miguel Ángel Calleja, president and CEO, Solarig.