Belgium’s Fluxys launches bio-LNG services at Zeebrugge

Belgium’s Fluxys has started offering bio-LNG services at its Zeebrugge facility, as it continues to work on expanding the terminal’s capacity.

LNG Prime reported on this development in September as the firm was preparing to launch these services in consultation with the market and federal energy regulator CREG.

CREG has approved the new regulatory documents on October 21 and tariffs on December 2, Fluxys said in a statement last week.

As a result, the firm is organizing a subscription window for interested parties to book bio-LNG services for up to three years at the Zeebrugge facility.

The subscription window opened on December 9 and will last until December 23.

This is a “highly attractive opportunity” for terminal users to supply carbon-neutral bio-LNG for the heavy-duty transport and maritime sector, Fluxys said.

Fluxys said it has developed an “innovative” way allowing terminal users to convert biomethane into bio-LNG and to load up to hundred trucks and two bunker ships with bio-LNG in 2021.

“To that end, certified biomethane entering the transport system is converted into certified bio-LNG and stored in cryogenic tanks, making use of small (re)liquefaction units,” it said.

The Zeebrugge terminal currently consists of five tanks with a storage capacity of 566,000 cbm and a regasification capacity of about 6.6 mtpa.

Earlier this year, Fluxys took a final investment decision to almost double the regasification capacity at the LNG terminal following a successful open season.

Due to growing demand, Fluxys has also earlier this year decided to build four additional truck loading bays at the terminal.

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