Marubeni, InvestSarawak team up to explore SAF in Malaysia


Marubeni Corporation and InvestSarawak have joined forces to investigate the feasibility of producing and selling sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Sarawak, Malaysia.

This collaboration will see Marubeni and InvestSarawak conduct a feasibility study to assess the viability of establishing a large-scale SAF production chain in Sarawak.

The study will explore various technological pathways for producing SAF from biomass feedstock.

This project is in alignment with Marubeni’s green strategy, formulated in 2021, a cornerstone of their mid-term management plan.

The collaboration also supports InvestSarawak’s economic development goals for Sarawak.

In December 2021, Malaysia Airlines conducted its first flight using SAF, partnering with PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) and Neste.

Malaysia is seen as a potential leader in supplying SAF feedstock for the Asia-Pacific region due to its diverse range of biomass resources. Airlines like Air New Zealand have also expressed interest in collaborating with Malaysian SAF producers.

PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil and gas company, is actively involved in developing a greenfield biorefinery targeted for completion in 2025. This facility will be capable of producing SAF along with other biofuels.