HAM Italy and FNX Liquid Natural Gas builds major bioLNG plant in Italy
Spain-headed natural gas refueling technology developer, gas distributor, and service provider HAM Group has announced that its subsidiaries FNX Liquid Natural Gas, a biogas upgrading technology provider, and HAM Italy are developing a bioLNG plant for road transportation in Faenza, Italy. With an estimated annual capacity of 9 000 tonnes or 140 GWh per annum, it will be one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
The project starts from the raw biogas generated by two anaerobic digesters (AD) owned by Caviro SpA, an Italian wine cooperative, that uses by-products derived from the wine and agri-food chain as feedstock.
FNX Liquid Natural Gas, a subsidiary of the HAM Group, is in charge of designing and manufacturing the equipment necessary to purify the raw biogas, to carbon dioxide (CO2) content below 50 ppm, suitable for liquefying; as well as the liquefaction unit.
The liquefied biomethane aka LBG or bioLNG will be transported from Faenza to service stations for use in heavy-duty transportation. The entire installation will operate with renewable electricity.
This project will contribute to the circular economy, favouring the local economy, generating employment, returning resources and nutrients to the soil, and as a sustainable alternative to incineration or landfills. It will also allow energy independence, as it does not have to depend on international markets or large corporations, having an important supply terminal in Italy.
HAM Group currently supplies Northern Italy with liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the port terminals, thus reducing road traffic emissions in general. With bioLNG CO2 emissions from road traffic will be reduced further compared to fossil diesel.