HAM says to build Chile’s first bio-LNG plant

Spain’s HAM Group and partner CycleØ will build what they say is the first bio-LNG production plant in Chile.

According to a joint statement, the two firms secured a contract for the construction and operation of the LNG plant in the Nuble region, with a capacity to process between 7,500 and 16,500 cbm of biogas per day.

This represents reducing, in the heavy transport industry, more than 19,000 tons of CO2 per year, 96 percent of fine particle emissions, and 85 percent of nitrogen oxide and sulfur emissions, compared to other fuels, the statement claims.

The construction of the bio-LNG plant will be possible thanks to the commitment of Lipigas, the statement said.

Lipigas and HAM completed Chile’s first LNG fueling station for trucks last year. Earlier this year, HAM secured a contract to build another LNG fueling station for trucks in Chile as well.

The biogas for the new bio-LNG plant would come from an anaerobic co-digestion plant for waste from a MaxAgro pig farm, where HAM Chile would build and manage the processing facilities, the statement said.

These facilities would feature equipment, developed by FNX Liquid Natural Gas, to purify the biogas, which contains 50-60 percent methane, increasing its quality and obtaining a methane purity of over 99 percent, according to the statement.

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