First Dutch bio-LNG plant ready in 2021, fuel to be sold at Shell stations
Renewi, Nordsol and Shell have started the construction of the first bio-LNG installation in Amsterdam Westpoort. The new facility is an extension for the current processing of, among other things, outdated products from the supermarkets. With an investment of several millions, the technical partner Nordsol will be the first to produce bio-LNG in the Netherlands.
The three initiators each fulfill a unique role in the new waste-to-energy chain. Renewi collects organic waste throughout the Netherlands, such as expired products, processes this waste and converts it into biogas during its fermentation. The Nordsol installation then processes this biogas into bio-LNG. Finally, Shell sells this bio-LNG at its filling stations.
In the Nordsol plant, the biogas extracted from organic waste is converted into bio-LNG and liquid bio-CO2, a transparent and fair supply chain. Biogas consists of approximately 60% methane and 40% CO2. The technology makes it possible to efficiently separate pure methane from the biogas and liquefy it into bio-LNG. The CO2 by-product is reused in the market and therefore ensures an additional CO2 emission reduction. This leads to a 100% CO2 neutral fuel.
The new plant will be operational within a year, as the standardized modules are produced elsewhere and connected on the Renewi site. The facility will soon produce 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG per year, allowing more than 13 million kilometers of CO2 neutral driving, which is more than 370 times around the globe.
Bio-LNG will play an important role in the coming years in making heavy road and water transport more sustainable.