A Dutch consortium calling itself the FirstBio2Shipping project has announced that it has received EU funding to begin construction of a dedicated marine bio-LNG production plant. They expect to produce around 2,400 tonnes per year of bio-LNG for use in the marine industry and they expect this to create more opportunities for local biogas upgraders that can produce gas. high quality fuel from sustainable sources for the marine industry.
The project, which is a partnership between LNG supplier Titan, waste energy company Attero and green energy company Nordsol, reports that it has developed technologies to solve various challenges in LNG production at small scale, including production of bio-LNG (containing no contaminants), no methane slippage and no high temperature demand in gas processing technologies, resulting in lower total cost of ownership.
Attero will produce 6 million Nm3 of biogas per year from the digestion of household bio-waste at its plant in Wilp, the Netherlands. Companies are seeing an abundant supply of organic waste streams, especially household and agricultural waste that will form the basis of their operations. The biogas formerly produced by Attero will be upgraded and liquefied into bio-LNG using Nordsol’s iLNG technology.
“The production of bio-LNG from biogas is a next step in the digestion of bio-waste, leading to high-end products,” says Jan-Willem Steyvers, business developer at Attero. “By locally producing bio-LNG, traceability and transparency are ensured,” he notes while also providing a sustainable source to replace heavy fuel oils. They believe this also provides a model for other biogas plants.
Attero and Nordsol predict that they will produce a total of 2,400 tonnes per year of high purity bio-LNG and 5,000 tonnes per year of liquid bioCO2. They have an exclusive long-term off-take contract with Titan, which will supply the bio-LNG to the marine industry.
Small-scale plant will serve as a model for more opportunities for local biogas upgrading plants (Titan)
“This project builds on Titan’s previous successful funding request called ‘Bio2Bunker’, which will build three additional bio-LNG bunkering barges,” said Ronald van Selm, CTO of Titan. “Mature transport, storage and bunkering infrastructure are not the only advantages of bio-LNG, it is also increasingly recognized as a sustainable option that can be ‘introduced’ and mixed with LNG at any time. any ratio, with no changes required on board ships. . “
The project received funding of $ 4.85 million from the EU under the Fit for 55 program introduced by the EU in July 2021 to support innovative decarbonisation projects. The FirstBio2Shipping project is one of the first to receive funding under the program and has been recognized as a practical solution that will provide a sustainable product within the existing LNG refueling infrastructure.