Titan, Attero, and Nordsol awarded €4,3M in funding for a bio-LNG production plant

Dec 13 2021

The FirstBio2Shipping project will help decarbonize maritime transport through scalable and decentralized production of bio-LNG. The plant, set to be completed in 2023, will produce around 2,400 ton/year of bio-LNG (or liquefied biomethane), located at the Attero facility in Wilp, the Netherlands.

Recognizing the vital role of bio‑LNG

The substantial funding is a clear recognition by the EU of the vital role that bio-LNG will play in decarbonizing the maritime industry and expediting the energy transition. The collaboration of the front-runners in sustainable fuels shows their commitment to, and belief in, the strong pathway to maritime decarbonization through bio-LNG. As one of the first projects to receive funding from the Fit for 55 package, the FirstBio2Shipping project has also been recognized as practical, because it will supply into existing LNG fueling infrastructure.

Bio‑LNG production at Attero

Bio-LNG originates from organic waste flows, particularly domestic and agricultural waste that are available in abundance. Attero will produce 6 million Nm3 of biogas per year from domestic biowaste for the FirstBio2Shipping project. The biogas is upgraded and liquefied into bio-LNG by Nordsol’s innovative iLNG technology. This technology resolves various challenges in the production of small-scale LNG, including: producing high quality bio-LNG (not containing contaminants); zero methane ‘slip’ (not releasing unburned methane); and no high temperature demands in gas treatment technologies, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

Léon van Bossum, commercial director, Nordsol said:“Reducing GHG emissions in maritime transport is of critical importance, and with bio-LNG we can start today. With the FirstBio2Shipping project we take a first step in decarbonizing the shipping sector with our highly scalable, decentralized bio-LNG plants. We look forward to realizing this milestone project with our partners Titan and Attero.”

Serving maritime transport

In partnership, Attero and Nordsol will produce 2,400 tons/year high-purity bio-LNG and 5,000 tons/year liquid bio-CO₂. Titan, the exclusive long-term off-taker, will supply the bio-LNG to the maritime industry where it will cost-effectively substitute fossil fuels. 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.

Ronald van Selm, CTO, Titan added: “This project is paramount in implementing our strategy of reaching carbon zero within the coming two decades. Furthermore, it builds upon Titan’s previous successful funding application called ‘Bio2Bunker’ that realizes three additional bio-LNG bunker barges. Mature transport, storage, and bunkering infrastructure are not the only benefits of bio-LNG, it is also increasingly recognised as a sustainable option that can be ‘dropped in’ and blended with LNG at any ratio, with no changes required onboard the vessels.”

Net‑negative emissions

Producing biogas by digestion of waste streams and converting it into bio-LNG fits into the sustainable circular model resulting in a fuel that is not just potentially net-zero in GHG emissions, but also has the potential to be net-negative in emissions by replacing the use of fossil CO₂ by liquefied bio-CO₂.

With the introduction of this first bio-LNG plant for shipping, LNG-fuelled vessels can take a significant step towards achieving decarbonisation goals and meeting European Union and International Maritime Organisation regulations. Shipping’s pathway to decarbonisation via LNG, bio-LNG, and in the longer-term green hydrogen-derived E-LNG is well underway and emissions will only reduce more as Titan, Attero and Nordsol scale-up bio-LNG production further.

Jan-Willem Steyvers, business developer, Attero: “Producing bio-LNG out of biogas is a next step in biowaste digestion, leading to higher end products. Bio-LNG from biowaste supports the circular economy and helps dealing with yet another global concern: replacing Heavy fuel oil applications. By producing bio-LNG locally, traceability and transparency is ensured. Our bio-LNG will meet ISCC certification criteria. The Firstbio2shipping project will create more opportunities for local biogas upgrading plants, produces high-quality, sustainably sourced bio-LNG, and helps decarbonizing the maritime industry. It’s a no brainer.”

For more information, please visit www.firstbio2shipping.nl

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor CINEA (the granting authority) can be held responsible for them.

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