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NORDLIQ breaks ground on Frederikshavn bioLNG plant

NORDLIQ breaks ground on Frederikshavn bioLNG plant
On November 4, 2022, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the Port of Frederikshavn marking the start of construction for Denmark's first bioLNG plant (photo courtesy Nature Energy).

In Denmark, Nordic Liquefaction (NORDLIG), a Nature Energy A/S and MAKEEN Energy A/S joint venture held a grounding-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction for the country's first bioLNG production plant that is being built in the Port of Frederikshavn on Jutland.

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In September 2021, MAKEEN Energy and Nature Energy unveiled plans to build a bioLNG plant in the Port of Frederikshavn, the first such plant in Denmark.

The new plant will cater to both the heavy-duty road transportation and maritime sectors in a bid to meet the growing demand for bioLNG in Denmark.

Birgit S. Hansen, Mayor of Frederikshavn Municipality looks forward to passing this green milestone in Frederikshavn.

It’s important to us that we keep up with the times and constantly look for ways to make the green transition a reality. So, the opportunity to offer green fuel for transport on land and at sea in the future is a milestone that helps position us as a green municipality, said Mayor Hansen during the ground-breaking ceremony that was held on November 4, 2022.

For the Port of Frederikshavn, the plant also signifies a green future for the port.

For us, beginning the construction of this plant marks yet another green initiative at the Port of Frederikshavn. The new plant greatly strengthens the port’s position as a green center, and its placement in Frederikshavn emphasizes the port’s strategically important location between the shipping route into the Baltic Sea and the highway network, said Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, Managing Director, Port of Frederikshavn.

Around 75 000 vessels pass through the Port of Frederikshavn each year and will have the possibility to bunker bioLNG close to their route.

BioLNG for HDVs

While gas-fueled vehicles are a fairly rare sight on Danish roads, the picture looks very different in neighboring countries. In Sweden, for example, 50 000 gas-fueled trucks, buses, vans, and personal cars populate the roads.

Therefore, biomethane not only ensures independence from fossil natural gas but also an energy source that can enable the green transition of heavy transportation, as Ole Hvelplund, CEO of Nature Energy, explained.

Biogas is a natural resource in the same lane as solar and wind power. But biogas also has a big advantage in that the ships and trucks that can use it already exist. Broadly speaking, all that is missing is a gas station. We are changing that now. The demand is there, and the green transition demands green alternatives to fossil fuels, Ole Hvelplund said.

The future is green

In 2021, biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) made up around 25 percent of all gas in the Danish gas grid, but this share is expected to rise to around 40 percent this year.

The bioLNG plant, which is being built under the NORDLIQ joint venture, is designed and will be built by MAKEEN Energy.

At MAKEEN Energy, we have decades of experience with solutions for the gas sector, and it is great to see this experience becoming a launch pad for the development of green fuel and the transition of the Danish industry. BioLNG will be an important part of our energy supply in the future, so NORDLIQ is a big milestone, said Bo Larsen, CCO of MAKEEN Energy.

Once completed the NORDLIQ plant in the Port of Frederikshavn will be able to produce 20 000 tonnes of bioLNG per annum. However, production at the plant is designed so that it can be scaled up to 120 000 tonnes per year.

Earlier this year fuel distributor and retailer Q8 Denmark A/S opened the country’s first LNG refueling station in Padborg, also built by MAKEEN Energy.

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