Germany’s EnviTec Biogas said it had completed its Güstrow bio-LNG plant worth more than 50 million euros ($55.3 million), and plans to launch operations in “late summer” this year.
The firm announced the completion of the conversion and assembly work at the plant in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on July 25.
EnvitTec’s unit BioEnergie Park Güstrow converted the existing biomethane facility to be able to produce bio-LNG. It also features bio-CO2 liquefaction.
In December last year, the firm installed a 37.66 meters LNG tank manufactured by Turkey’s Aritas at the facility.
Following completion of the facility, the EnviTec team is now ready to start placing the plant into operation.
Frank Hinken, managing director of EnviTec Bioenergie Güstrow, said that the company can now start the test phase with the newly installed plant components following the integration of the 300,000-litre LCO2 tank.
Hinken said that food and beverage production sectors can use the produced bio-C02.
“The off-gas created during the liquefaction of CO2, which contains other non-condensable gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen as well as methane, is fed to the combined heat and power plants at the site, where it is used to generate energy for self-supply,” he said.
Once in operation, the plant will produce 25,000 kg of bio-LNG daily, or 9,600 metric tonnes of bio-LNG per year, for heavy-duty transport vehicles.
This will provide “green” fuel for more than 50,000,000 lorry kilometers per year, EnviTec said.
At the same time, the liquefaction of biomethane is accompanied with the liquefaction of carbon dioxide via the gas treatment process.
The liquid carbon dioxide, 15,000 metric tonnes per year generated at food quality, substitutes fossil-based carbon dioxide, “significantly” improving the CO2 footprint of the plant, it said.