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Liquid Wind selects Worley to design first eFuel facility

Swedish power-to-liquids (PtL) developer Liquid Wind AB has announced that it has selected global engineering consultancy providers Australia-headed WorleyParsons Ltd (Worley) to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the 50 000 tonnes-per-annum eMethanol facility which will be constructed in Örnsköldsvik, on the north-east coast of Sweden.

An artist’s rendering of the Liquid Wind 50 000 tonnes-per-annum eMethanol facility in Sweden. WorleyParsons Ltd (Worley) has been selected to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services (image courtesy Liquid Wind).

Worley will support the Liquid Wind consortium, which now includes Alfa Laval, Carbon Clean, Haldor Topsoe, and Siemens Energy, to plan the efficient integration of the technology components and the union with the host, Övik Energi’s biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

Synthetic fuels will play a significant role in the future of transportation and in the decarbonization of several other industries. We are committed to delivering a more sustainable world and we look forward to helping Liquid Wind achieve its sustainability goals and ambitions to bring renewable methanol to market at scale said Bradley Andrews, President at Worley.

Worley brings extensive experience with similar projects, including hydrogen, carbon capture, and electro-fuels (e-fuel). Liquid Wind plans to establish 500 facilities by 2050 and the collaboration with Worley will support this ambition.

Worley will, together with the consortium partners, design a standardized and modular facility concept, that can be efficiently replicated and assembled for subsequent flagships. During the design phase, a digital twin will be established using a COMOS engineering database.

Worley has extensive, relevant experience and we are confident they will be a valuable partner in developing standardized and replicable eMethanol facilities. Their experience with a modular approach will support keeping costs down and increasing our speed to market. This together with our digital twin strategy will enable the rapid replication of facilities, which is needed to meet the growing demand for carbon-neutral liquid fuel, said Claes Fredriksson, CEO, and Founder of Liquid Wind.

Construction of the first facility, adjacent to Övik Energi in Örnsköldsvik, is planned for early 2022, with eMethanol available in early 2024.

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