Dutch firms join forces on bio-LNG production project

Rolande is joining forces with project developer D4. on a bio-LNG production plant in the northern Dutch city of Leeuwarden.

Besides the duo, the project includes construction and engineering company Mele and the Fûns Skjinne Fryske Enerzjy (Friesland Clean Energy Fund), Dutch LNG supplier Rolande said in a statement last week.

Rolande says it would start supplying bio-LNG for road transport produced at the project in Leeuwarden Energiecampus from the end of 2022.

The project includes building a facility that would produce fossil-free fuel from biomaterials for heavy-road transport, according to Rolande.

In addition to VGF waste, the biogas would come from road verge, coffee grounds, (vegetable) oil residues, manure and grain waste, Rolande said.

Construction works should start this year, making the installation one of the first Dutch bio-LNG production locations, the firm said.

Moreover, the installation will produce about 9.2 kilotons of bio-LNG annually.

“This will allow our clients to drive a whopping 38 million sustainable and quiet kilometres as bio-LNG trucks are much quieter than diesel trucks, while also emitting less nitrogen and particulates,” Jolon van der Schuit, Rolande chief executive, said.

Besides slashing CO2 emissions up to 99.8 percent compared to diesel, bio-LNG can be immediately deployed when available.

“With an LNG truck you can immediately make the switch to bio-LNG, no adjustments need to be made to the truck. More sustainable transport is within reach because of this due to the fact that the trucks are already on the road and the filling stations already exist,” the CEO said.

Rolande operates a network of LNG filling stations in the Netherlands but also Belgium, Germany, and France. The firm plans to launch ten new locations in the Netherlands and Germany this year.

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