SAFuelsX Sustainable Aviation
Home-grown sustainable fuels, our North Dakota way.
We shall install and operate a renewable fuels production facility in a safe manner to assure quality, reliable products to our customers. We strive to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers, contractors and employees willing to take on our mission as their own.
The US government created a program to incentivize the use of renewable fuels and reduce total carbon emissions from vehicles. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires traditional petroleum fuel refiners to produce a portion of their fuels from renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oil. Tracked as Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, these requirements are forecast to continue to increase over time. Only petroleum crude oil refiners are required to meet the mandated level of RIN credits. Since AIC Energy Corp will not process petroleum crude oil, all of the RINs generated by its SAFuelsX Sustainable Aviation can be sold or traded to other petroleum oil refiners as supplemental credits to meet their mandated RIN requirements.
SAFuelsX Sustainable Aviation project continues under development by the AIC Energy Corp. The project, with a nameplate capacity of 100 million gallons per year of renewable fuel production or approximately 6,500 barrels per day, is currently in the detail design phase. At this size, the plant would be considered a “midsize” renewable fuels production facility.
The modern biofuels production facility will bring economic opportunities to the northwest region of North Dakota, disproportionately impacted by the decline in oil-drilling activity post COVID-19 pandemic. Using USDA standard multipliers, it is expected each of the 100 jobs it creates, either directly as an employee or indirectly as a contracted staff, more than 4 additional jobs will be created in the local economy. For every dollar of earnings at the plant, an additional $2.51 will circulate through the local economies.
Likely as important to the regional economy will be the new demand for additional agricultural products. Using soybean oil and/or canola oil as primary feedstocks, these vegetable oils will be converted into fuels as direct replacements for the fuels we use today. And SAFuelsX Sustainable Aviation also creates an immediate opportunity for others to site and build a seed crushing plant in the area.
AIC Energy Corp is committed to providing energy to America in a safe, sustainable and innovative facility, contributing to North Dakota’s economic prosperity.
A total of 87.06 acres of land has been purchased just south of 42nd Street in the Trenton Industrial Park south of Savage Services rail port. While both the vegetable oil feed and finished products are expected to arrive and depart respectively by rail and piped to the plant, a traffic study is currently being conducted.
Siting permits and approvals have been obtained including completion of a federally-mandated Environmental Assessment study. Site preparation and small buildings are planned for Spring 2022. Process unit and tank field construction will await issuance of operational permits for air quality and water quality protection. Full construction is expected to begin 3rd quarter 2022 with start of operation in 3rd quarter 2023
Construction will require an average of 150 people per day with peak employment at 300. The plant will be built by all required pertinent trades of North Dakota local union members.
Not biodiesel. Renewable diesel fuel and sustainable aviation fuel.
Because it’s hydrogenated, renewable fuels will not contain residual amounts of oxygen. Users will not have to struggle with after effects of impacts of freezing temperatures or extended storage. As a “drop-in replacement” for traditional petroleum on-road diesel, it meets the same state-mandated product specifications. Fulltime use of these fuels will not require any retrofitting of vehicle engines or to fueling infrastructure, nor endanger vehicle warranties.
- Renewable Diesel Fuel – both renewable, low-sulfur diesel #1 and low-sulfur diesel #2. Operation will be flexible to change yield of each as the market economics suggests. This flexibility also insulates the plant from dips in diesel fuel or jet fuel demand.
- Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) – renewable jet fuel to either Jet A or Jet A1 fuel or JP8 (military) specifications depending on demand, existing contracts and spot market prices. The principal market for both Jet A and Jet A1/ JP8 will be the Department of Defense and its associated military branches although some limited amounts may also be sold locally.
When optimizing sustainable aviation fuel (i.e. jet fuel) yield, primary product will have a volume yield of 50-70% of the feedstock flow. When in diesel fuel mode, the volume yield shifts to 85-95% depending on the type of vegetable oil feedstock. The variation in yield will be apparent in the secondary co-products namely propane and naphtha (unfinished gasoline liquid). A very small amount of “fuel gas” is also expected during both types of operation.