Shell’s German bio-LNG plant gets three tanks

A unit of LNG giant Shell continues to progress work on its Rheinland bio-LNG plant in Germany and has installed three tanks.

The LNG tanks are each 50 meters long and six meters high, and weigh about 246 tons, according to a statement by Shell Germany issued on Monday.

Shell Germany said that it expects the new bio-LNG plant located at its Rheinland refinery near the German city of Cologne to come online in 2023.

The firm started building what it says is the largest bio-LNG production plant in Germany in February this year.

Shell's German bio-LNG plant gets three tanks
Image: Shell Germany

In addition to the tanks, the plant will have a liquefaction unit, a gas treatment system, as well as two truck loading facilities. It will receive a mix of natural gas and biogas via a gas pipeline and liquefy it for onward distribution to filling stations.

The new plant will have a capacity of about 100,000 tons and will supply bio-LNG to Shell’s growing network of LNG filling stations in the country.

The quantities produced in the plant can cover the annual needs of around 4000 to 5000 LNG-powered trucks, opening up the possibility of saving up to a million tons of CO2 per year compared to conventional diesel trucks, Shell Germany said.

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