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BioLNG “Titan” to build world’s largest plant

BioLNG “Titan” to build world’s largest plant
An artist's rendering of the planned BioValue biogas plant and Titan bioLNG plant in the Port of Amsterdam (image courtesy BioValue).

Titan, the Netherlands-headed independent supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and bioLNG to the maritime sector has announced that it plans to scale up liquified biomethane (bioLNG) production in the Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands together with BioValue as the biogas supplier.

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Founded in 2012 in Amsterdam, Titan (previously known as Titan LNG) provides ship-to-ship LNG/bioLNG bunkering services from the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp (ARA) as well as truck-to-ship across numerous ports in Europe.

In 2018, the company secured a long-term site lease contract with the Port of Amsterdam as its ‘home’ location for its berth, bunkering pontoon, and bunker barges.

World’s largest bioLNG plant

The company plans to build and operate a 200 000 tonnes-per-annum bioLNG plant on a newly leased site adjacent to its berth in the Port of Amsterdam to enable supply to ships and trucks.

The first bioLNG production is expected in 2025, and once operational it will be, the company says, the world’s largest bioLNG facility.

Titan is committed to decarbonizing shipping by supplying bioLNG and any other renewable fuels such as hydrogen-derived methane, also known as eLNG, said Ronald van Selm, CTO at Titan.

Largest biogas plant in the Netherlands

BioValue, one of the largest biogas producers and suppliers in the Netherlands, will supply a significant part of the biogas needed.

BioValue is realizing a state-of-the-art biogas plant co-located with the bioLNG plant. It will have a processing capacity starting at 300 000 tonnes of organic waste per annum.

Titan has signed a contract with BioValue for the exclusive off-take of all on-site produced biogas.

The remaining biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) will be sourced from other production installations throughout Europe that are connected to the existing gas grid.

BioValue biogas plant will have a processing capacity starting at 300 000 tonnes of organic waste per annum (image courtesy BioValue).

This hybrid sourcing setup says Titan “enables the scale required for impactful decarbonization of the marine industry.”

According to BioValue, the location in the western port area of Amsterdam is strategic as a lot of organic waste is available in this region. In addition, organic materials can easily be supplied from the port location via shipping.

BioValue is a pioneering biogas producer with six production sites in the Netherlands. With our engagement in this exciting bioLNG project, we are able to climb the circularity ladder to on-site production of advanced biofuels, said Ids Schaap, CEO at BioValue.

Once operational, it will be the largest biogas production plant in the Netherlands.

Strategic value chain collaborations are paramount to ramping up alternative fuel production to the scale required for shipping. We are proud of the joint efforts with BioValue and look forward to a long-lasting partnership, remarked Ronald van Selm.

Linde liquefaction technology

Titan also revealed that it has selected Linde Engineering to perform the engineering based on Linde’s proprietary liquefaction technology.

Our contribution to this project is clear: our expertise is based on numerous previous LNG projects and an optimized process design tailored specifically to the bioLNG industry, said John van der Velden, SVP of Global Sales and Technology at Linde Engineering.

Linde Engineering’s proprietary liquefaction technology enables best-in-class efficiency with up to 20 percent energy savings to minimize OPEX. We are proud to join Titan’s Amsterdam LBM project to realize a sustainable plant design and achieve together the net-zero target for the industry, John van der Velden said.

Replace fossil fuel in road- and maritime transportation

The bulk of the bioLNG volumes produced by the Titan plant will be supplied to the bioLNG-powered vessels of the company’s launching customer.

For the remaining volumes, truck refueling stations and industrial customers are also within scope.

The bioLNG will substitute fossil fuels, avoiding about a million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) emissions per year, equal to the annual emissions of about 25 percent of all diesel cars in the Netherlands.

The project aligns well with EU regulations such as those proposed in the Fit-For-55 package and the recently published RePowerEU plans.

Sustainable feedstocks and CCU

According to Titan, producing bioLNG in the most sustainable way is a key project target and has been integrated throughout the plant’s design.

Importantly, the project will only source biogas from sustainable feedstocks that are compliant with the latest EU Renewable Energy Directive and are International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified.

Other fuiture-proofing sustainable integrations in the plant include the capturing and utilization of the biogenic CO2 side stream and the hydrogen-ready design.

This enables future production of e-methane where the biogenic CO2 is combined with green hydrogen. For this, a connection to the hydrogen backbone planned in the Port of Amsterdam is envisaged.

Having the energy transition, circular economy and clean shipping at the core of our sustainability strategy, Port of Amsterdam welcomes the novel renewable fuel plant with full support. We want to reduce emissions in our port area and lead the way in the transition to a sustainable society. This plant, with its hydrogen-ready design, is a perfect example that fits seamlessly with our long-term strategy for the port, ended Roon van Maanen, Director of Energy and Circular Industry at Port of Amsterdam.

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