Why the world’s largest oil producer relies on synthetic fuels

Matthias Braun is a consultant to Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer. In an interview with Global Energy Solutions, he explains Aramco’s interest in synthetic fuels. It is primarily customer-driven. The Chinese market is in first place. China is not only focusing on electromobility, but also on clean combustion engines. According to Matthias Braun, however, Aramco sees its greatest competence in synthetic fuels in Europe. In Paris, the company operates a research centre that deals with several technology paths. According to Matthias Braun, what will prevail depends largely on the regulation of synthetic fuels in Europe. A green traffic turnaround can only be achieved, he says, if the world’s 1.3 billion combustion vehicles are supplied with climate-neutral fuels.