Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Hydrogen - Teesside Leading the way in Energy Transition and Net Zero

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28 June 2022 16:30 - 18:30
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With the Tees Valley leading the way in transitioning the UK to a low carbon economy, we are seeing a stream of new investments coming to the region.  The uk is targeting an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, having enshrined the net zero by 2050 target into law. 


This evening lecture will hear from 2 of the companies that are on leading edge of this transformation, both looking at being the first to bring large scale facilities into the Tees Valley region, with a combined CAPEX commitment of 1.75 billion pounds.  The evening will culminate with us hearing from the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA)  who are working with nepic and bp to deliver the industrial decarbonisation “Cluster Plan” for the Tees Valley region.


There will be an opportunity to network over drinks and food at the start of the event thanks to our sponsors WSP and ABB.


Our first speaker is from Alfanar and will share insights on the investment of £1 billion pounds in its Lighthouse Green Fuels Project on Teesside, aiming to be the first company in the UK to produce sustainable aviation fuel from waste on a large scale.  Aviation fuel generated by the plant has the potential to produce 80 per cent less greenhouse gas than its fossil fuel equivalent, thereby protecting the aviation industry and supporting the transition to net zero and perhaps making Teesside Airport, the first UK SAF ready airport.


They will be followed by Kellas Midstream, who are developing H2NORTHEAST a major project that will deliver over 1GW of low-carbon hydrogen on their CATS terminal Teesside.  The UK must decarbonise industry to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and Kellas are eager to play a leading role in delivering this target.  Kellas will share where they are in Phase 1 of the project and how engineers can play their role in the energy transition project, which will deliver 355MW of low carbon hydrogen to local industry by 2027 with plans to scale up to over 1GW by 2030.


Our final presentation from TVCA will provide an insight into the Cluster Plan project, and the aims and outcomes from the work; and provide context to the importance of Alfanar and Kellas’ projects in the region.  The TVCA takes into account all aspects of decarbonisation in the Tees Valley Industrial Cluster – CCUS; hydrogen economy; renewables; circular economy; infrastructure; and carbon displacement – and the Cluster Plan will be completed in March 2023.


There will be an opportunity to network at the start of the event thanks to our sponsors WSP And ABB.




Dr Simon Owens, Head of Engineering and Technology at Alfanar Energy


Simon is responsible for the development, engineering, and execution of alfanar’s Lighthouse Green Fuels (LGF) sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant in Tees Valley, UK. Simon’s background is the Energy from Waste sector, having worked on several EPC projects in the UK. Prior to that he was involved in the design and validation of gasification and waste-to-value processes.


Phil Conner, Technical Director at Kellas Midstream


Phil’s career in the UK energy industry spans more than 28 years, 25 of these with majors BP, Conoco and Shell.  He has extensive experience in delivering engineering and operations excellence and projects/turnarounds within joint venture-owned assets for UK onshore and offshore operations.  Phil is a

Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Dr Chris Robinson, Industrial Decarbonisation Project Manager at TVCA.

Chris’s main task there is to deliver the Cluster Plan project, developing relationships with the regions industrials and coordinating the approach to achieve Net Zero 2040 across the cluster. Chris is a CEng MIMechE and Chair of the IMechE’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals committee.


Alan D’Ambrogio, Chair IMechE Teesside Committee and ABB Market Development Manager will chair the event.


Alan D’Ambrogio, Chair IMechE Teesside Committee will chair the event.


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If we are oversubscribed, preference will be provided to Mechanical Engineers in the region.  Please only register if you are able to attend.  This is a live face to face event.


Dr Simon Owens, Head of Engineering and Technology at Alfanar Energy; Phil Conner, Technical Director at Kellas Midstream Dr Chris Robinson, Industrial Decarbonisation Project Manager at TVCA


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