Netherlands’ first bioLNG plant under construction
23 Dec 2020 - ConferenzaGNL
In Amsterdam, in the harbour district of Westpoort, construction has begun on the first Dutch bioLNG plant, the result of a collaboration started last June between the companies Renewi, Nordsol, and Shell, which will pave the way for the first use of bioLNG in the Netherlands.
Each of the three companies has a specific role in this new collection, processing and distribution chain: Renewi (a leader in recycling) collects organic waste in the Netherlands, such as expired supermarket products, and converts it into biogas through fermentation; the liquefaction plant of the technology company Nordsol will convert the biogas into bioLNG, while Shell – which owns a minority stake in Nordsol through Shell Ventures – will sell the bioLNG at its own LNG filling stations.
At the Nordsol plant, biogas extracted from organic waste is composed of approximately 60% methane and 40% CO2, which are separated and converted into bioLNG and liquid bio-CO2 respectively, which is then reused in the technical gas market for greenhouse horticulture, ensuring a 100% CO2-neutral bioLNG fuel end product.
The plant, which is expected to be operational before the end of 2021, will produce 3,400 tonnes of bioLNG per year, an amount equivalent to approximately 13 million km of zero-emission driving.