An Illinois-based low-carbon feed and fuel production plant has joined forces with LanzaJet, an Illinois-based aviation fuel technology provider, to revolutionize the jet fuel-making process. The collaboration aims to construct an integrated sustainable fuels plant at the 3,300-acre Marquis Industrial Complex in Hennepin, Putnam County.
The facility will utilize low-carbon intensity feedstocks to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel, resulting in a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. This comes at a crucial time, as the aviation sector strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The Hennepin facility's strategic location provides easy access to pipelines for delivering sustainable fuels to Chicago's major airports. It also benefits from proximity to the Illinois River, a Class I railroad, and multiple interstate highways, streamlining fuel distribution.
Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) said, "The cutting edge of plant-based jet fuel is happening right here in Illinois. The facility in Hennepin is truly unique, and Marquis is on track to achieve its stated goal of being the world’s first carbon-neutral industrial complex."