UKPIA welcomes announcement of Fulcrum NorthPoint project with Essar

London, 15/02/2021 - The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) welcomes the announcement of the Essar and Fulcrum BioEnergy waste-to-fuel Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plant, in the North West of England.

The bio-refinery, which could be operational in 2025, will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed household waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon SAF every year.

Essar is already investing in decarbonisation at the Stanlow site with an earlier announcement this year of £750m into the HyNet blue hydrogen industrial cluster, and this further announcement will help ensure greater emission reductions, this time from their products.

Quotes attributed to UKPIA Director-General Stephen Marcos Jones.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how critical Essar’s Stanlow Refinery is to the success of these efforts to decarbonise the economy of the North West, as well as showing more broadly how the downstream oil sector is an ally in the UK’s ambitions to reach ‘Net Zero’ emissions by 2050, as outlined in UKPIA’s Transition, Transformation and Innovation report. [1]

Aviation is going to be one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise, so this investment by Essar and Fulcrum to build a biorefinery in the UK is paramount to meeting the Net-Zero commitment.”


Notes for editors:

  • The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) represents eight oil refining and marketing companies that operate the six major oil refineries in the UK and source over 85% of the transport fuels used. UKPIA members also own around 1,250 of the UK's 8,000+ filling stations in the UK.
  • [1] – Transition, Transformation and Innovation, Our Role in the Net-Zero Challenge, available:
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