October 14, 2021 – With the press of a button Dutch king Willem-Alexander officially put into service the first bio-LNG plant of the Netherlands today. With this scoop, initiators Nordsol, Renewi and Shell have taken the next step in making road freight transport more sustainable. It is expected that the new plant will produce an estimated 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG per year, preventing the emission of more than 14.31 kilotons of fossil CO2. This is sufficient for 13 million on-road kilometers.
Bio-LNG is made from organic waste, not from fossil resources. That is why bio-LNG makes it possible to reduce CO2 emissions in the short term. The fuel also has a lower nitrogen emissions compared to diesel, and cleaner combustion ensures that there is hardly any emission of particulates. Bio-LNG can also be used in existing LNG engines. For storage and distribution, the growing LNG infrastructure in the Netherlands and in the whole of Europe can be used.
Nordsol’s bio-LNG plant is built on the site of Renewi in Amsterdam Westpoort. This bio-LNG plant is in part subsidized by the EU (20 percent), as part of its strategy to decarbonise the road transport. The three initiators each have their own part in the production of biofuel. Renewi collects organic waste throughout the Netherlands, such as expired products from supermarkets. The recycler then processes the waste and converts it into biogas in its own fermenters. Nordsol’s new bio-LNG plant reprocesses the biogas into bio-LNG. Shell makes this bio-LNG available for its customers at LNG service stations in the Netherlands. In addition, during the production of bio-LNG, CO2 is removed from the biogas and liquefied for reuse in greenhouses.
“The use of smart, energy-efficient technology is the basis for a local, circular economy and a healthy business case”, says Jerom van Roosmalen, CEO of Nordsol. The Netherlands has approximately 260 ‘traditional’ biogas plants. Most of these can be made suitable for the production of bio-LNG. With the technology used by the biogas plant of Renewi in Amsterdam, bio-LNG can also be produced in many other places in the country.
The partners expect that thanks to the construction of new plants, the available quantity of bio-LNG will, over the next four years, increase at least tenfold. “Collaboration of partners within the chain leads to concrete results”, according to Otto de Bont, CEO of Renewi. “This matches our vision on ‘Waste No More’ and also ties in with our commitment to take the lead in producing secondary raw materials from waste streams. By also using bio-LNG itself when collecting this waste, Renewi closes the circle.”
Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Netherlands: “Shell wants to help clients to be more sustainable and makes significant investments in the energy transition. To make this possible, we collaborate with partners like Renewi and Nordsol. Bio-LNG is the next step in making the cargo sector sustainable. Thanks to this collaboration we can offer our customers in the logistics industry a cleaner alternative, starting with road freight transport and, eventually, also maritime transport.”
Renewi focuses exclusively on obtaining value from waste instead of burning or dumping waste streams. Of the 14 million tons of waste that is processed each year, 89% is recycled or used for energy recovery. The plant is a good expansion of this.
Nordsol strives to make bio-LNG mainstream with its patented technology. The unique and energy-efficient production process makes bio-LNG from biogas. This is done in an economically viable way and is thus an alternative for green gas2. Nordsol strives for a production of 30 kilotons of bio-LNG per year in 2025. Nordsol develops, invests, builds and manages the plants and works, together with various investors, biogas suppliers and bio-LNG customers.
Shell is an oil and gas company making significant investments in the energy transition. The energy company wants to be at the forefront in the Netherlands in with investment and innovation in cleaner energy such as wind energy, blue and green hydrogen and low carbon fuels. Shell also wants to enhance the Dutch economy by investing in future-proof jobs, the development of talent, sharing knowledge and helping our suppliers to reduce their CO2 emissions.
1. Certified emissions according to ISCC (RED II)
2. Green gas is the sustainable variant of natural gas, it is made by upgrading biogas to the same quality of natural gas