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FirstBio2Shipping awarded EUR 4.3M for bioLNG plant

FirstBio2Shipping awarded EUR 4.3M for bioLNG plant
FirstBio2Shipping, a joint Titan, Attero, and Nordsol project has been awarded EUR 4.3 million in funding for a bioLNG plant (image courtesy Titan).

In the Netherlands, the FirstBio2Shipping project consortium has announced that it has been awarded EUR 4.3 million in funding toward constructing its first production facility that will help decarbonize maritime transport through scalable and decentralized production of bioLNG.

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Founded in 2012 in Amsterdam, Titan LNG has evolved to become a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied renewable natural gas (RNG) or biomethane (bioLNG) to the maritime sector in providing shipping customers with end-to-end clean fuel solutions.

Together with compatriot biogas producer Attero, and liquefaction technology developer Nordsol, the FirstBio2Shipping project aims to help decarbonize maritime transport through scalable and decentralized production of bioLNG.

To be located at an Attero anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Wilp, the Netherlands, the FirstBio2Shipping project is set to be completed in 2023.

Attero will produce 6 million Nm3 of biogas per annually from domestic biowaste for the FirstBio2Shipping project. The biogas will then be upgraded and liquefied into bioLNG using Nordsol’s innovative iLNG technology.

According to the partnership, this technology resolves various challenges in the production of small-scale LNG, including producing high-quality contaminant-free bioLNG; zero methane ‘slip’; and no high-temperature demands in gas treatment technologies, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TOC).

Reducing GHG emissions in maritime transport is of critical importance, and with bioLNG, we can start today. With the Firstbio2shipping project, we take a first step in decarbonizing the shipping sector with our highly scalable decentralized bio-LNG plants. We look forward to realizing this milestone project with our partners Titan and Attero, said Léon van Bossum, Commercial Director at Nordsol.

In partnership, Attero and Nordsol will produce 2 400 tonnes per annum of high-purity bioLNG and 5 000 tonnes per annum of liquid bioCO2.

Producing bioLNG out of biogas is the next step in biowaste digestion, leading to higher-end products. BioLNG from biowaste supports the circular economy and helps deal with yet another global concern: replacing heavy fuel oil applications. By producing bioLNG locally, traceability and transparency are ensured. Our bioLNG will meet ISCC certification criteria, said Jan-Willem Steyvers, Business Developer at Attero.

As the exclusive long-term bioLNG off-taker, Titan LNG will supply bioLNG to the maritime industry where it will cost-effectively substitute fossil fuels.

This project is paramount in implementing our strategy of reaching carbon zero within the coming two decades. Furthermore, it builds upon Titan’s previous successful funding application called ‘Bio2Bunker’ which realizes three additional bioLNG bunker barges, said Ronald van Selm, CTO at Titan.

The collaboration of the companies shows their commitment to, and belief in, the strong pathway to maritime decarbonization through bioLNG.

As one of the first projects to receive funding from the EU’s Fit for 55 packages, the FirstBio2Shipping project has also been recognized as practical, because it will supply existing LNG fuelling infrastructure.

Mature transport, storage, and bunkering infrastructure are not the only benefits of bioLNG, it is also increasingly recognized as a sustainable option that can be ‘dropped in’ and blended with LNG at any ratio, with no changes required onboard the vessels, Ronald van Selm said.

The produced bioLNG will reduce GHG emissions by up to 92 percent compared to conventional maritime fuel, representing more than 87 500 tonnes of CO2eq net absolute emissions avoided during the first ten years of operation.

Producing biogas by digestion of waste streams and converting it into bio-LNG fits into the sustainable circular model resulting in a fuel that is not just potentially net-zero in GHG emissions, but also has the potential to be net-negative in emissions by replacing the use of fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) by liquefied bioCO2.

With the introduction of this first bioLNG plant for shipping, LNG-fuelled vessels can take a significant step towards achieving decarbonization goals and meeting European Union (EU) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations. Shipping’s pathway to decarbonization via LNG, bioLNG, and in the longer-term green hydrogen-derived eLNG is well underway and emissions will only reduce more as Titan LNG, Attero, and Nordsol scale up bioLNG production.

The Firstbio2shipping project will create more opportunities for local biogas upgrading plants, produces high-quality, sustainably sourced bioLNG, and helps decarbonize the maritime industry. It’s a no-brainer, ended Jan-Willem Steyvers.

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