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Liqvis to begin switch to bioLNG during 2023

Liqvis to begin switch to bioLNG during 2023
Liqvis currently operates 12 HDV LNG refueling stations in Germany with another three under development (photo courtesy Liqvis).

In Germany, liquefied natural gas (LNG) distributor Liqvis GmbH, and compatriot biomethane producer revis bioenergy GmbH have concluded an agreement on the supply of bioLNG. Based on current planning, revis bioenergy will supply Liqvis with bioLNG from mid-2023.

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A subsidiary of Germany-headed energy major Uniper SE, Liqvis has been developing and operating LNG filling stations at strategic transport hubs with particularly high heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) volumes since 2017.

Offering conventional LNG has helped its customers to achieve significant carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and local pollutant reductions compared to the use of fossil diesel as a fuel.

Unfortunately, due to the high gas prices caused by geopolitical developments in recent months, LNG is no longer competitive as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty transport when compared with conventional fuels. Particularly our customers in the forwarding and logistics sector, who have relied on LNG-powered vehicles, have come under severe economic pressure, said Sebastian Gröblinghoff, Managing Director of Liqvis.

Through cooperation with another strong partner, Liqvis will be able to offer its customers a completely CO2 -neutral product at prices competitive with diesel from mid-2023.

Together with revis bioenergy, we have succeeded in concluding a bioLNG supply contract which makes us less dependent on price developments on the European gas exchanges, while at the same time enabling more sustainable competitiveness with diesel fuels, Sebastian Gröblinghoff said.

Switch to 100 percent bioLNG

Liqvis is working to increase the share of bioLNG in its filling station network in Germany to 100 percent in the second half of 2023.

BioLNG is CO2– neutral and it is produced exclusively from advanced waste and residual agricultural materials in accordance with EU regulation RED II.

revis bioenergy is currently implementing Europe’s largest plant for biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) production from livestock manure. The nordfuel plant, which the company has developed entirely independently, is located at the C-Port on the coastal canal in the district of Cloppenburg.

Commissioning is scheduled for mid-2023 and the plant will be operated by the subsidiary nordfuel GmbH.

In revis bioenergy, Liqvis has gained a strong partner that specializes in the operation of biogas and biomethane plants using residual and waste materials. As a partner and marketer for green gases and fuels, revis will also take over the liquefaction of the biomethane produced, said Simon Detscher, CEO of revis bioenergy.

Seamless switch

The use of bioLNG, which is fully compatible with LNG works without the need for any alterations to LNG HDVs or filling station equipment, offers users the opportunity to take on another technologically pioneering role in carrying out climate-neutral transport by reducing CO2 emissions even further.

Since they emit very little particulate matter (PM), or nitrogen oxide (NOx), LNG HDVs currently have no trouble meeting the high environmental requirements of the Euro VI emission standard.

Liqvis plans to offer bioLNG as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty transport at its LNG filling stations in Germany from the summer of 2023 and to gradually convert its entire supply portfolio to 100 percent bioLNG.

We are pleased to be working together with a strong partner, revis bioenergy, to make another important contribution on the road to decarbonizing heavy-duty transport in Germany. The bioLNG supply contract, under which the first quantities are to be delivered in the second half of 2023 according to current plans, thus creates a clear perspective for our customers and strengthens the future viability of this drive technology, ended Sebastian Gröblinghoff.

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