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Forchem switches from LNG to LBG

In Finland, crude tall oil (CTO) processor and renewable chemicals producer Forchem Oyj has entered into an agreement with gas major Gasum Oy on the supply of liquefied biogas (LBG) for the Forchem tall oil biorefinery in Rauma. Forchem switched to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019.

Crude tall oil (CTO) processor and renewable chemicals producer Forchem has entered into an agreement with gas major Gasum on the supply of liquefied biogas (LBG) for its tall oil biorefinery in Rauma, Finland (photo courtesy Forchem).

Forchem processes crude tall oil (CTO), a by-product of the kraft pulp process in the pulp and paper industry into renewable chemical products such as tall oil fatty acid (TOFA), distilled tall oil (DTO) and tall oil rosin (TOR) used by global manufacturers of coatings, fragrances, lubricants, adhesives, and cosmetics.

The company’s operations are characterized by the principles of sustainable development and minimized environmental impacts. The liquefied biogas (LBG) is received at the Forchem reception terminal, vaporized and used in the company’s production processes. The switch from using LNG to using LBG can be made without any additional investments.

This is the first time we delivered liquefied biogas, or LBG, to Forchem. LBG is an environmentally friendly fuel and we offer it for a variety of industrial needs. LNG and LBG can both be delivered using the same equipment, and the switch to LBG can be made without any additional investments. At Gasum we’re strongly expanding our LNG and LBG distribution network to meet our customers’ needs relating to their efforts to meet their emission reduction requirements. The construction of the LNG infrastructure also enables the introduction of LBG in the future, said Tommy Mattila, Sales Director at Gasum.

According to Gasum, liquefied biogas (LBG) is equal to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in terms of its properties and suitable for use as a road and maritime transport fuel and for industrial purposes. LBG is a renewable fuel that can be distributed by using the existing LNG infrastructure. By switching from LNG to LBG, industrial operators can achieve significant cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) lifecycle emissions.

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