Estonia’s Alexela in first bio-LNG delivery

Estonian energy company Alexela has completed what it says is the first bio-LNG delivery in Estonia and in the Baltics.

Alexela says liquefied biomethane (LBM) or bio-LNG is the “most sustainable fuel” in road transport today, helping to reduce greenhouse gases of heavy-duty vehicles in the logistics chain.

In a press release issued on Monday, the firm did not provide many details regarding the bio-LNG delivery.

Alexela operates an LCNG fuelling station in Voru, but also a station in Juri, near the country’s capital Tallinn, for which it claims is the first public LNG filling station in the Baltics.

Aivo Adamson, CEO of Alexela, said in the statement the company’s bio-LNG pilot delivery was a result of “long-term targeted action towards reducing the emissions of the transport sector.”

According to Adamson, the company currently uses the fuel primarily for supplying its own fleet of trucks.

The firm, which has a network of more than 100 filling stations in Estonia, said it plans to open an LNG and CNG station in Saku, near Tallinn in the spring.

In addition, Alexela is developing LNG import terminals in Paldiski, Estonia and in Hamina, Finland.

The project in port of Hamina includes one 30,000-cbm LNG storage tank and is a joint venture between Alexela and Finland’s Hamina Energy and Wartsila.

According to an announcement on the project’s website, the partners postponed the commercial start-up of the facility from October last year to an unspecified date in 2022.

Alexela said in the statement the terminal was “nearing completion.”

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