Attero, Nordsol and Titan join forces to produce bio-LNG for sustainable maritime transport

Nov 9 2022

Attero, Nordsol, and Titan have joined forces to achieve a decentralized production of bio-LNG designated for use in the maritime industry. The three partners met at Attero in Wilp, the Netherlands, where the final investment decision was made and where building can now begin.

Collaboration in the supply chain

The FirstBio2Shipping project is set to deliver the first bio-LNG early 2024. The plant, located at the Attero site in Wilp, The Netherlands, will produce around 2,400 ton/year of bio-LNG (or liquefied biomethane). Attero will process domestic biowaste into 6 million Nm3 of biogas per year. Nordsol and Attero will jointly produce 2,400 tons/year high-purity bio-LNG and 5,000 tons/year liquid bio-CO2 from this biogas using Nordsol’s patented iLNG technology. Clean fuel supplier Titan, the exclusive long-term off-taker, will supply the bio-LNG to the maritime industry where it will cost-effectively substitute fossil fuels.

Léon van Bossum, commercial director, Nordsol: “Nordsol is committed to making bio-LNG mainstream together with various partners. In 2021 we built the first Dutch bio-LNG installation to make road transport more sustainable. As a frontrunner, we are proud to also contribute to the decarbonization of the maritime sector, together with Titan and Attero. The FirstBio2Shipping project is intended to start a snowball effect, resulting in more and larger installations that help make shipping more sustainable.”

92% reduction in GHG emissions

The produced bio-LNG will reduce GHG emissions by 92% compared to a conventional maritime fuel, representing more than 87500 tCO2e net absolute emissions avoided during the first ten years of operation.

More ambitious sustainability goals and the need for energy independence have increased the demand for biomethane in both gaseous and liquid form. With the decision to invest and collaborate in the FirstBio2Shipping project, the three partners make it clear that bio-LNG production with integrated biogenic CO2 liquefaction offers maximum green value and economic value for biogas, even if the production plant is small-scale and is decentralized.

Jan-Willem Steyvers, business developer, Attero said: “Producing Bio-LNG out of biogas from biowaste for decarbonising the maritime sector is a unique innovation. Attero is delighted with the cooperation with partners Nordsol and Titan in bringing biogas to a high-end quality product. Yet another step in our mission of continuously increasing sustainability and creating raw materials and energy out of waste.”

Regulatory support from EU

Last year, The European Union awarded the project with €4,3M in funding, a clear recognition by the EU of the vital role that bio-LNG will play in decarbonising long-haul maritime transport. This year, on the 19th of October, the European Parliament adopted the FuelEU Maritime Regulation, which aims at the decarbonization of maritime transport, and recognized (liquefied) biomethane as a renewable fuel and its potential to blend with and replace fossil LNG. This joint bio-LNG project therefore fits perfectly in the European policies to achieve the climate and energy transition goals.

Ronald van Selm, CTO, Titan added: “At Titan, we are dedicated to delivering all fuels that decarbonize shipping and industry in a substantial way. We recognise bio-LNG as a strong clean fuel and we have therefore acted to progress its production and supply to the maritime industry. We are excited to reach the build stage of the project with the Attero and Nordsol teams. They are committed, valuable partners and we look forward to collaborating with them further in the future.”

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