The project is a collaboration between waste recovery company Attero, bio-LNG specialists Nordsol and fuel supplier Titan. Construction of the facility will now begin at Attero’s existing site in Wilp, the Netherlands.
The EU awarded €4.3m in funding to the project last year.
Titan is the sole off-taker for the project and will market the fuel for use in the maritime industry as a substitute for fossil fuel LNG. The partners claim the fuel will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 92% compared to conventional LNG, saving some 87,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the first 10 years of the plant’s operation.
The project is expected to produce its first bio-LNG in 2024 and will generate 2,400 tonnes of the fuel per tear, as well as 5,000 tonnes of liquid bio-CO2. In the first stage, Attero will produce biogas from domestic waste, and will then work with Nordsol to convert the gas into high quality bio-LNG using Nordsol technology.
Léon van Bossum, commercial director, Nordsol commented: “In 2021 we built the first Dutch bio-LNG installation to make road transport more sustainable. The FirstBio2Shipping project is intended to start a snowball effect, resulting in more and larger installations that help make shipping more sustainable.”
Ronald van Selm, CTO, Titan said: “At Titan, we are dedicated to delivering all fuels that decarbonize shipping and industry in a substantial way. We recognise bio-LNG as a strong clean fuel and we have therefore acted to progress its production and supply to the maritime industry.”
Jan-Willem Steyvers, business developer, Attero added: “Producing bio-LNG out of biogas from biowaste for decarbonising the maritime sector is a unique innovation.”