Dutch bio-LNG project gets EU backing

A new Dutch bio-LNG production project has received a grant from the European Commission.

The European Commission said in a statement it would invest 118 million euros ($140.3 million) in 32 small projects, including the bio-LNG project, as it looks to support low-carbon technologies.

According to the statement, Dutch waste management firm Attero and Bio-LNG Hub Wilp will develop the project named FirstBio2Shipping.

The project looks to “decarbonize the maritime sector by demonstrating the first industrial plant producing renewable, low-carbon bio-LNG in a standardised and scalable fashion, enabling the cost-effective substitution of heavy fuel oil.”

Moreover, the plant would feature a gas treatment facility, a bio-LNG unit, and a carbon
capture unit.

The plant aims to produce 6 million Nm3/year of biogas, 2,400 tons/year of biomethane, and 5,000 tons/year of bio-CO2, the statement said.

The project would reduce GHG by 92% compared to a reference scenario, it said.

Also, the plant would use a novel technology called iLNG, according to the statement.

Dutch bio-LNG plant developer Nordsol patented this technology.

Nordsol is already building the first bio-LNG facility in the Netherlands along with partners Shell and Renewi.

Located in Amsterdam Westpoort, the installation will produce about 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG per year, allowing more than 13 million kilometers of carbon-neutral driving, Nordsol says.

In addition, the firm recently joined forces with compatriot DBG Bio Energy to build a new bio-LNG facility in the country.

DBG will establish and own the facility while Nordsol will supply the bio-LNG installation and provide their expertise on permitting processes.

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