Wartsila wins contract for German bio-LNG plant

Finland’s Wartsila said it would supply equipment for a new bio-LNG production plant with a capacity of 63,000 tons per year in Germany.

The tech firm claims this is the world’s second-largest plant capable of liquefying biomethane and synthetic methane from renewable energy sources to produce “carbon-neutral” transportation fuel.

According to a Wartsila statement on Wednesday, it won the contract in March from German energy company REEFUELERY, a joint venture of Erdgas Südwest and avanca, a company focused on sustainable energy and logistics solutions.

Wartsila said the partners chose the location in Burghaun near Fulda, Germany, due to its direct access to the MIDAL gas pipeline.

The plant will utilize biomethane from communal and agricultural waste materials as feedstock.

Following liquefaction, the partners would deliver the fuel to Alternoil’s network of filling stations for trucks, owned by the avanca group, according to Wartsila.

Alternoil has a large network of LNG filling stations in Germany.

Wartsila expects the new bio-LNG plant to start operations during the first quarter of 2024.

The firm did not provide the price tag of the deal.

Earlier this year, a unit of LNG giant Shell started building what it says is the largest bio-LNG production plant in Germany.

Located at Shell’s Rheinland refinery near the German city of Cologne, the new plant will have a capacity of about 100,000 tons and will supply bio-LNG to the company’s growing network of LNG filling stations in the country.

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