Brazilian Fuel Distributor Vibra Moves Into Palm Oil-Based Aviation Fuel
Brazilian largest fuel distribution company Vibra Energia SA is shifting into producing and selling palm-oil-based jet fuel as it positions itself to lead another step in the energy transition.
Through an existing partnership with Brasil BioFuels (BBF), Vibra has agreed to sell aviation fuel produced at BBF’s Manaus biorefinery, which is already equipped to produce renewable diesel. This agreement has sparked BBF to invest US$43 million in the venture that will source oil from palms planted in Roraima, the northernmost state in Brazil.
BBF’s plant in Manaus, where this oil will be processed, is expected to be operating in 2025 with an annual production capacity of as much as 250 million liters of “green diesel’ and 280 million liters of aviation fuel per year.
This move and partnership reflect Vibra’s strategic shift into renewable power generation, biomethane, renewable diesel, ethanol, and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel).