EnviTec’s German bio-LNG plant gets tank

Germany’s EnviTec Biogas is continuing to progress with the construction work on its Güstrow bio-LNG plant in order to launch the facility next year.

According to a statement by EnvitTec issued on Monday, its unit BioEnergie Park Güstrow installed a 37.66 meters LNG tank manufactured by Turkey’s Aritas.

Following a 19 days long trip via sea, a heavy haulage truck transported the tank for some 75 kilometers via the roads between the Port of Rostock to its final destination, it said.

“On arrival in Güstrow, two cranes capable of handling 400-tonne loads were used to lift the 5.2 meter wide tank onto its foundations, and ensure that it could be unloaded and set down safely,” EnvitTec said.

From its planned pilot operation in the second quarter of 2023, the Güstrow plant would aim to supply 25,000 kg of bio-LNG every day for the transport sector. This is about 9,000 tonnes of bio-LNG per year.

In terms of mileage, this output can power 50 million truck kilometers a year, EnviTec said.

EnviTec’s unit is converting its facility in Güstrow to be able to produce bio-LNG as it now only makes biomethane.

Conversion work on the Güstrow site required investment in a CO2 liquefaction plant and an LNG system for biomethane liquefaction, as well as capital spending on replacements such as new roofs and agitators amounting to more than 50 million euros ($53 million), according to EnviTec.

Last year, the firm signed a deal with Liqvis, a unit of energy firm Uniper. Liqvis said at the time it expected its filling stations to start receiving bio-LNG from the Güstrow plant in October 2022 for onward distribution to the heavy goods vehicle sector in Germany.

In addition, Germany’s Liquind, owned by Vitol, has also signed a deal with EnviTec Biogas during the same year to buy bio-LNG from the plant.

Liquind plans to take bio-LNG at the plant and distribute it to its network of truck filling stations across Germany.

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