Amsterdam bets on circular economy, will use biogas for vehicles

Amsterdam bets on circular economy, will use biogas for vehicles

In the metropolitan area of Amsterdam, vehicles are going to be supplied with green gas. Optimizing and transforming the current Sewage Water Treatment Plant of Amsterdam with the latest state of the art technology, delivered by DMT Environmental Technology, biogas will be produced in the nearby future. This will be a significant contribution towards a more circular economy and a reduction of GHG emission by lowering the demand for fossil fuels. The transformation of the current Sewage Water Treatment Plant will be installed by Waternet on behalf of WaterBoard Amstel, Gooi and Vecht in the western port area (RWZI).

Beside of the households in Amsterdam, trucks, public transport and taxis, will also reduce significantly their carbon footprint by using this alternative fuel, due to the collaboration with Orangegas, operator of renewable natural gas fuel stations in the Netherlands and the biggest supplier of this clean alternative fuel for the transportation sector. Through this unique collaboration, renewable fuel is being utilized by 5,600 vehicles and 420 garbage collection trucks, resulting in a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of the transportation sector in Amsterdam.

This is DMT’s biggest project in the Netherlands due to the “Total Solution Package,” acting as a “mini-EPC” contractor and even beyond that. The first phase was delivering a total engineering and design package for a biogas upgrading plant to process 2050Nm3/h of raw biogas; purifying, conditioning, compressing and drying to achieve the final required end-quality for injecting the biomethane into the Dutch national gas grid. This first phase included all the required local approvals in preparation for the second phase, the execution phase.

The second phase, the actual build of the project, has started beginning of April 2020. DMT is responsible for the development of the entire site which includes local approvals, civils, security and entrance gates, transformer stations, HDD-drilling for the raw biogas pipelines and electrical power supplies. This concept, being a Total Solutions Provider for end-customers, has been launched last year of which Waternet is a great example.

“In this project we will take it even one step further, DMT is going to operate the biogas upgrading plant for a minimum of 10 years, the model is launched as an EPCMOT– Engineering, Procurement, Construct, Maintain, Operate and Trade. In this consortium, Orangegas will be responsible for the trading of the gas,” said Francois Huberts, Global Sales & Marketing Director at DMT Environmental Technology.

This Biogas Upgrading System will upgrade 14,7 million m3 raw biogas into 9,7 million m3 upgraded biomethane. The project will supply about 10% of the total amount of green gas utilized by the national grid in the Netherlands. Waternet soon will become one of the biggest biomethane providers in the country with a total CO2 reduction of 26.200 tons per year.

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