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DUTCH PROJECT TO PRODUCE BIO-LNG FOR SHIPPING DECARBONISATION

DUTCH PROJECT TO PRODUCE BIO-LNG FOR SHIPPING DECARBONISATION

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 

A Dutch consortium, the FirstBio2Shipping project, intends to establish a decentralised production plant for bio-LNG, designated for use in the maritime industry, located at the Attero facility in Wilp, the Netherlands.

The plant, scheduled for completion in 2023, will produce around 2,400 t/yr of liquefied biomethane fuel. The project has received substantial funding from the EU, in recognition of the vital role that bio-LNG will play in decarbonising the maritime industry and expediting the energy transition. The project, a collaboration between Attero, Nordsol and Titan LNG, is considered to demonstrate these sustainable fuel companies' and the EU's commitment to, and belief in, the strong pathway to maritime decarbonisation through bio-LNG. As one of the first projects to receive funding from the Fit for 55 package, the practicality of the FirstBio2Shipping project has been recognised, since it will supply existing an LNG fuelling infrastructure.

The Bio-LNG will be created from organic waste, particularly domestic and agricultural waste that is available in abundance. Attero will produce 6 million Nm3 of biogas per year from domestic biowaste for the FirstBio2Shipping project. The biogas is upgraded and liquefied into bio-LNG by Nordsol’s iLNG technology. This technology resolves various challenges in the production of small-scale LNG, including: producing high-quality bio-LNG (not containing contaminants); zero methane ‘slip’ (not releasing unburned methane); and no high temperature demands in gas treatment technologies, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

In partnership, Attero and Nordsol will produce 2,400 t/yr high-purity bio-LNG and 5,000 t/yr liquid bio-CO2. Titan will supply the bio-LNG to the maritime industry as a cost-effective substitute for fossil fuels. Use of bio-LNG is expected to reduce GHG emissions by 92% compared to a conventional maritime fuel, representing more than 87,500t CO2 equivalent net absolute emissions avoided during the first 10 years of operation.

Producing biogas by digestion of waste streams and converting it into bio-LNG also fits into the sustainable circular model resulting in a fuel that is not just potentially net-zero in GHG emissions, but also has the potential to be net-negative in emissions by replacing the use of fossil CO2 with liquefied bio-CO2.

Ronald van Selm, CTO, Titan said: “This project is paramount in implementing our strategy of reaching carbon zero within the coming two decades. Furthermore, it builds upon Titan’s previous successful funding application called 'Bio2Bunker' that realises three additional bio-LNG bunker barges. Mature transport, storage, and bunkering infrastructure are not the only benefits of bio-LNG, it is also increasingly recognised as a sustainable option that can be ‘dropped in’ and blended with LNG at any ratio, with no changes required onboard the vessels.”

Jan-Willem Steyvers, business developer, Attero: “Producing bio-LNG out of biogas is a next step in biowaste digestion, leading to higher end products. Bio-LNG from biowaste supports the circular economy and helps in dealing with yet another global concern: replacing Heavy fuel oil applications. By producing bio-LNG locally, traceability and transparency are ensured. Our bio-LNG will meet ISCC certification criteria. The Firstbio2shipping project will create more opportunities for local biogas upgrading plants, produce high-quality, sustainably sourced bio-LNG, and help decarbonise the maritime industry. It’s a no brainer.”

Léon van Bossum, commercial director, Nordsol added: “Reducing GHG emissions in maritime transport is of critical importance, and with bio-LNG we can start today. With the firstbio2shipping project, we take a first step in decarbonising the shipping sector with our highly scalable decentralised bio-LNG plants. We look forward to realising this milestone project with our partners Titan and Attero.”

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