Plans to develop a facility in Cheshire to convert non-recyclable home waste into sustainable aviation fuel have been revealed (SAF). The Stanlow Oil Refinery at Ellesmere Port will supply fuel to airlines flying out of UK airports. Its purpose is to help reduce landfill waste and fossil fuel dependency. According to Aviation Minister Robert Courts, the facility would create hundreds of jobs as “the region takes the lead in making aviation greener.” Fulcrum NorthPoint is a £600 million waste-to-fuel plant developed by Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited, Essar Oil (UK) Limited, and Stanlow Terminals Limited.

Subject to planning permission, the plans are expected to be completed by the end of this year and operate in late 2025. More than 100 permanent jobs and 800 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the design, construction, and commissioning phases. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of pre-processed waste are planned to be converted each year into roughly 100 million liters of low-carbon SAF at the bio-refinery. The factory, which will be Fulcrum’s first outside of the United States, will be built, owned, and managed by the firm. The plant will “help reduce the burden on landfills and industry’s reliance on fossil fuels,” according to Jeff Ovens, managing director of Fulcrum UK and Europe.