It’s also the first time that sustainable bio jet fuel will be used in the hydrant system of the airport.
The plan is to start delivering biofuel already in March 2015, and that Statoil Aviation will deliver 2.5 million litres of sustainable biofuel to the tank facility at Oslo Airport in the first 12 months, which corresponds to approximately 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen with a 50% biofuel mix.
Avinor CEO, Dag Falk-Petersen, says: "We are proud to take on the task of bringing greener aviation one important step forward. It's not out of the question that we in Norway could achieve large-scale production of sustainable aviation biofuel at a competitive price in 2020."
While the initial biofuel deliveries will probably come from used cooking oil, major players in the Norwegian power and forestry industries are now exploring the possibility of forest-based large-scale production of biofuel for aviation in the course of a few short years.
Oslo Airport's managing director, Øyvind Hasaas, says: “I'm proud that Oslo Airport will be the first hub in the world to offer our customers regular deliveries of bio-fuel.
Along with our many other measures, this will represent an additional boost to our climate and environmental work."
To date, Statoil Aviation has entered into agreements with Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines), SAS and KLM for deliveries of bio-fuel at Oslo Airport.
There are currently two concrete industrial Norwegian initiatives for production of bio-fuel: Statkraft and Södra at Tofte in Hurum, and Viken Skog/Treklyngen at Follum in Hønefoss.
Both projects are now looking into the possibility of producing both bio-diesel, which is needed in the heavy transport sector, and the bio-jet fuel needed in aviation.
A single biofuel plant can produce enough bio-jet fuel and bio-diesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation by 10-15%, and can yield major emission cuts in road transport.
Avinor says biofuel production could become a win-win situation for Norway by providing reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased value creation from forests – an important step towards a sustainable industry in Norway and a shift towards the renewable zero discharge society.