South African flight using Sasol coal to liquid synthetic fuel
synthetic fuel, the company said in a statement.
fuel made the flight from Lanseria airport in Gauteng to Cape Town.
the world’s only fully synthetic jet fuel to have received international approval
as a commercial aviation turbine fuel.
crude oil, due to its low sulphur content.
fuels for the aviation industry,” Sasol said.
making them very carbon intensive indeed – with far greater carbon emissions per
unit than normal liquid fossil fuels like oil. So coal to liquids (CTL) fuels
are most definitely NOT the way forward.
pollution per gallon of transportation fuels, and increase the devastating effects
of coal mining felt by communities and ecosystems.
the atmosphere, then well-to-wheels CO2 emissions would be reduced some but would
still be higher than emissions from today’s crude oil system. Even capturing
90% of the emissions from liquid coal plants leaves emissions at levels somewhat
higher than those from petroleum production and refining; emissions from the vehicle
using the coal-derived liquid fuels are equivalent to those from a gasoline vehicle.
As a result, with CO2 capture well-to-wheels emissions from coal-derived liquids
fuels would be 8% higher than for petroleum. Since policies to cut CO2 emissions
inevitable, proceeding with liquid coal plants now would leave investments stranded
or impose unnecessarily high abatement costs on the economy.
off the accelerator at Project Mafutha, a proposed 80 000-bl/d coal-to-liquids
(CTL) project in South Africa’s Limpopo province.
the originally envisaged timeline”, pending clarity on “the large-scale coal gasification
tests and the provision of a commercially viable carbon capture and storage (CCS)
both Sasol and the country, provided the group could find a storage solution for
the CO2 and provided it was aligned to South Africa’s fiscal priorities and climate