WSP USA was the prime consultant on a feasibility study that evaluated potential sites in the Puget Sound region for the storage and blending of aviation biofuels for integration into Sea-Tac Airport’s fuel farm and hydrant system.
The study results provide the client, Port of Seattle, with a short list of options for the infrastructure that will allow for the supply of larger volumes of biofuels for aircraft.
“Our primary analysis focused on identifying property that allows for access by multiple modes of transportation and allows for direct integration with the Sea-Tac supply pipeline and fuel farm,” said David Williams, project manager for WSP.
The proposed short-term solution provides an immediate option that could be implemented within the next two years, with a longer-term option that can be implemented as larger-scale sustainable biofuels production comes online.
“Once a dedicated biofuel source is available and the infrastructure is developed at the airport – and possibly at another offsite location – it will become practical to supplement conventional jet fuel with aviation biofuels,” Williams said.
Port of Seattle has set a goal of reducing aircraft-related emissions by 25 percent by developing the infrastructure necessary to integrate an aviation biofuels supply into the overall fuel supply at the airport.
A Jan. 12 public announcement of the completed study at Sea-Tac Airport included representatives from the Port of Seattle, as well as Alaska Airlines and Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which co-financed the study.
Williams’ team includes Auden Kaehler, project lead on feasibility analysis, and Allison Dobbins, project lead on site selection.