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China's CAAC approves biobased aviation fuel for commercial use

Civil Aviation Administration of China grants Sinopec first certificate of airworthiness for biobased aviation fuel

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The CAAC in China has approved Sinopec’s biobased aviation fuel for use on commercial jets

The Chinese government has approved a biobased aviation fuel for commercial use, according to reports. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has published a notice this month announcing it has granted China’s petroleum and chemical corporation Sinopec the first certificate of airworthiness for biobased jet aviation fuel.

A statement released by the CAAC indicates the biojet complies with the standard CTSO-2C701. The standard applies to civil aviation fuel for jets containing synthesised hydrocarbons, according to information published by the CAAC in 2012. It requires alternative fuel and its synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) component to conform to ASTM D7566-11a. This is a specification for aviation fuel containing synthesized hydrocarbons, and the supplement in CTSO-2C701.

Sinopec filed the application for the certificate in February 2012, according to information from the aviation administration. In April 2013, Sinopec announced the success of the first test flight powered by its aviation fuel. According to the company, an Airbus A320, owned by China Eastern Airlines, completed an 85-minute flight with aviation fuel made from palm oil and recycled cooking oil feedstocks.

China has been a focal point for aviation fuel development over the last few years. In August 2012, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and US air giant Boeing, opened a centre in Beijing to collaborate with Chinese universities and research institutions to advance aviation biofuels in China.

At the time of the announcement, Shi Jianzhong, COMAC vice president, said: “Energy conservation emission reduction has currently become the hotspot and focus of the global aviation sector. Our collaboration with Boeing in this regard will have profound impacts in China,