The Netherlands announces plans to fuel air force with biofuels

By Erin Voegele | January 24, 2019

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense recently announced that F-16s located at its Leeuwarden Air Base began flying using a biofuel blend in mid-January. According to the ministry, the Dutch air force plans to increase its use of biofuel in the future.

On Jan. 16, the ministry said that due, in part, to the improved affordability of biobased kerosene, 400,000 liters of the biofuel were set to be delivered to the Leeuwarden Air Base later that week. F-16 aircraft located at the facility began flying on a biofuel blend on Jan. 14.

According to the ministry, a Dutch Apache combat helicopter first flew on a biofuel blend in 2010. While that test proved successful, the price of the biobased kerosene was high. Lower prices for the fuel are now allowing more large-scale use.

Information released by the ministry states the biobased kerosene the base is using is made by American World Energy and supplied by SkyNRG and Shell Aviation. The F-16s are currently being fueled with a 5 percent blend of the biobased fuel. However, the ministry said its air force plans to gradually increase the mix percentage. By 2030, the Dutch air force plans to be using approximately 20 percent biobased fuel, with that percentage increasing to 70 percent by 2050.

Additional information is available on The Netherlands Ministry of Defense website.