Who needs bio-LNG?

Bio-LNG is essential in the goal for decarbonisation of the heavy-duty transport sector in 2050. Road trucks, inland ferries, freight barges and oceangoing ships are technically hard to electrify. While hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels are still in research phase, bio-LNG is the only available carbon neutral fuel that is available today.

Bio-LNG is an essential biofuel for heavy-duty transport

Today, there are about 12,000 LNG-powered trucks in Europe. NGVA Europe expects 280,000 LNG trucks to be on the roads by 2030. These vehicles will use approximately 100 TWh of fuel. At least 40% of that amount being bio-LNG. That is 2.8 Mton bio-LNG.

In the maritime transport sector the number of LNG-fuelled vessels has grown consistently by between 20%-40% per year.

Biomethane growth towards 2050
Biomethane for heavy transport in 2050
In 2050, 50% of biomethane will be used as bio-LNG for heavy-duty transport (source: Gas for Climate - A path to 2050)

Gas for Climate projects that biomethane production will ramp up to 1170 TWh in 2050, from 20 TWh in 2020. 50% of that biomethane will be used as bio-LNG for the heavy-duty transport sector. That is about 40 Mtons of bio-LNG per year.

Bio-LNG takes advantage of existing infrastructure

In addition to being carbon neutral, bio-LNG is also a high-energy biofuel that can be blended at any ratio with fossil LNG. Therefore it can make use of the LNG fuelling infrastructure that exists today and that is growing rapidly. It is projected that the number of LNG service stations will grow from 330 in 2020 to 2,000 in 2030.

Bio-LNG for ships can also be transported, stored and bunkered in ports utilising existing LNG infrastructure.

Bio-LNG Euronet

Nordsol participates in the Bio-LNG Euronet project along with IVECO, Scania, Shell, and DISA. The consortium will develop a European network for LNG covering the key Commercial Road Transport routes in Europe. As a result, we will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fuelling stations and the construction of a bio-LNG production plant in the Netherlands.