In Germany, Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance, a subsidiary of international industrial services provider Bilfinger SE (Bilfinger), has announced that it has been selected by REEFUELERY GmbH, a joint venture of Erdgas Südwest GmbH and avanca Group, to provide engineering procurement, and construction (EPC) services for REEFUELERY's bioLNG plant in Burghaun near Fulda.
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The plant, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2024, will liquefy biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) to produce bioLNG.
Bilfinger has immense potential to actively shape the energy transition in industry. We are looking forward to helping REEFUELERY implement its first German-based bioLNG plant. The plant is a model for the circular economy and will help ensure that Germany reduces its dependence on fossil fuels, said Dr Thomas Schulz, CEO of Bilfinger Group.
BioLNG for transportation
Once fully operational, the bioLNG plant near Fulda will produce up to 180 tonnes bioLNG from biomethane derived from municipal and agricultural residues.
This will then be used as a renewable alternative fuel for freight and heavy-duty transportation to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The sustainable fuel can be used in any LNG-powered truck and contributes to the decarbonization of heavy-duty transport.
REEFUELERY chose the site near Fulda because of its direct access to MIDAL, one of the most powerful gas pipelines in Germany.
Bilfinger has previously proven to be a competent and reliable partner for us on other projects. We are delighted that we can once again rely on Bilfinger’s expertise in plant construction for the construction of our bioLNG plant near Fulda, said Jürgen Muhle, CEO of REEFUELERY.
The bioLNG plant is made up of a large number of individual parts, including components for cleaning and liquefying the gas, pumps, storage tanks, and devices for refueling tanker trucks.
Bilfinger’s services for the construction of the bioLNG plant include EPC services for the refueling facility as well as piping construction expertise.
Because gas liquefaction involves working with extremely low temperatures, the piping must be designed to withstand operating temperatures as low as minus 196 degrees Celsius and be fitted with special insulation.
Experienced service provider
Bilfinger’s decades of expertise in plant construction for clients in the fuel sector can be transferred seamlessly to a green energy source in the construction of the bioLNG plant.
Bilfinger is a long-standing partner to the energy industry and supports the sector in its transformation to renewable energies.
The most recent activities Bilfinger is involved in include the engineering of the HyStock project, an underground hydrogen storage facility in the Netherlands, a bioenergy plant in Finland, and the pipeline construction work of a climate-friendly district cooling.