Wartsila bags bio-LNG plant contract from Scandinavian Biogas

Finland’s Wartsila confirmed it would supply its biogas liquefaction technology for a new bio-LNG plant in Monsteras, Sweden.

Sweden-based bio-LNG producer Scandinavian announced earlier this week it had decided to build the bio-LNG plant worth about $75 million in Monsteras, and expects to launch the facility in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The firm said that the Portuguese company Efacec in consortium with the Swedish company Multibygg will build the large biogas plant while Wartsila will deliver the facility for gas upgrade and liquefaction.

Wartsila said in a statement on Thursday it has booked the order in December last year.

According to the tech firm, the system will have the capacity to produce 30 tons per day of bio-LNG but the firm believes that plants with a capacity of as much as 50 tons per day will soon be needed.

It will be the first project of this capacity using Wartsila’s amine scrubber type Puregas CA technology to pre-treat the biogas, which is then liquefied using the company’s mixed refrigerant (MR) process.

Also, the system will produce bio-LNG with a negative CO2 footprint, and will thus contribute to a net reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Wartsila said.

Storage facility and service agreement

In addition to the biogas liquefaction system, Wartsila will supply a bio-LNG storage facility and export station, while the firm also signed a three-year service agreement.

Wartsila did not provide the price tag of the deal.

The firm plans to start delivering equipment in the first half of 2024,

Wartsila already cooperates with Scandinavian Biogas on its plant in Norway.

In August last year, Wartsila said that Norway-based Biokraft, a unit of Scandinavian Biogas, had doubled the liquefaction capacity at its bio-LNG plant in Skogn following the launch of the second train.

The Finnish tech firm won the contract in 2021 to boost the capacity of this bio-LNG plant from 25 tons to 50 tons a day for use primarily in the heavy transport sector.

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