Nordsol: first Dutch bio-LNG plant hits new production milestone

Dutch firm Nordsol has reached another production milestone at its bio-LNG plant in Amsterdam Westpoort, following the start of commercial operations last year.

Nordsol and its partners Shell and Renewi officially launched the first Dutch bio-LNG plant on October 18, followed by the start of commercial operations later the same month.

In January, Nordsol said that the plant had produced a quarter of a million kilograms of bio-LNG.

The facility has now achieved a production milestone of one million kilograms, enabling about four million kilometers of “sustainable transport” with heavy-duty trucks, Nordsol announced in a statement on Monday.

“For initiators Nordsol, Renewi and Shell, this milestone is an important proof point that sustainable heavy-duty road transport is possible, today,” it said.

The plant, located on the site of Renewi in Amsterdam Westpoort, would produce about 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG per year and capture 6.3 kilotons of biogenic CO2.

Renewi collects organic waste throughout the Netherlands, such as expired products, processes this waste and converts it into biogas during its fermentation.

The installation then processes this biogas into bio-LNG while Shell sells the fuel via its LNG filling stations for trucks.

In February, Shell’s unit said it had become the first in the Netherlands to offer bio-LNG to all of its customers. The fuel comes from the plant in Amsterdam Westpoort.

Shell Netherlands said it had started offering bio-LNG blended with “regular LNG”.

After gearing up production, Shell plans to offer pure bio-LNG to its entire LNG network in the Netherlands within a few years, giving its customers reduction of CO2 emissions by about 30 percent, it said.

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