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Royal Dutch opening of first bioLNG plant in the Netherlands

With the press of a button, HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially put into service the first bioLNG plant in the country. The new plant, which is located on the site of Renewi in Amsterdam Westpoort, is estimated to produce 3 400 tonnes of bioLNG annually for use in the heavy-duty transportation sector.

On October 14, 2021, HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (second left) officially put into service the first bioLNG plant in the country. The new plant, which is located on the site of Renewi in Amsterdam Westpoort, is estimated to produce 3 400 tonnes of bioLNG annually for use in the heavy-duty transportation sector (photo courtesy Nordsol).

Jointly developed by Dutch liquefaction technology developers Nordsol, UK-headed waste management company Renewi plc, and Shell Netherlands, each partner has its own role in the project.

Renewi collects organic waste throughout the Netherlands, including food waste such as expired products from supermarkets and converts it into biogas in its own fermenters.

Using Nordsol’s proprietary “downscaled” biogas upgrading and liquefaction technology, the modular unit at Renewi Amsterdam Westpoort upgrades the biogas into biomethane and liquefies it into bioLNG.

In addition, the carbon dioxide (CO2) which is removed from the biogas in the upgrading process is also liquefied and made available for reuse in greenhouses while Shell Netherlands makes the bioLNG available for its customers at its LNG service stations across the country.

The use of smart, energy-efficient technology is the basis for a local, circular economy and a healthy business case, said Jerom van Roosmalen, CEO of Nordsol.

The Netherlands has approximately 260 ‘traditional’ biogas plants. Most of these can be made suitable for the production of bioLNG. Using the technology deployed by Renewi’s biogas plant in Amsterdam Westpoort, bioLNG can also be produced in many other places in the country.

The partners expect that thanks to the construction of new plants, the available quantity of bioLNG will, over the next four years, increase at least tenfold.

Collaboration of partners within the chain leads to concrete results. This matches our vision on ‘Waste No More’ and also ties in with our commitment to take the lead in producing secondary raw materials from waste streams. By also using bio-LNG itself when collecting this waste, Renewi closes the circle, said Otto de Bont, CEO of Renewi.

BioLNG is a drop-in replacement for fossil liquefied natural gas (LNG) and can be used in existing LNG engines, storage, and distribution infrastructure – blended with LNG or as neat bioLNG.

Shell wants to help clients to be more sustainable and makes significant investments in the energy transition. To make this possible, we collaborate with partners like Renewi and Nordsol. BioLNG is the next step in making the cargo sector sustainable. Thanks to this collaboration we can offer our customers in the logistics industry a cleaner alternative, starting with road freight transport and, eventually, also maritime transport, ended Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Netherlands.

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