Wärtsilä selected to supply world’s largest bioLNG production plant
Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions, part of Wärtsilä Gas Solutions within Finland-headed marine, gas, and energy technology major Wärtsilä Oyj, has recently announced that it will supply a biogas liquefaction plant to Norway to Biokraft AS, a subsidiary of the Swedish biogas technology provider and plant operator Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB.
In April this year, Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB announced that it was investing approximately NOK 170 million (≈ EUR 17.1 million) in expanding the production of liquefied biomethane (LBG or bioLNG) at the Biokraft facility in Skogn, Norway.
On-site, Biokraft AS already has a 25 tonnes per day LBG plant, also supplied by Wärtsilä, that was inaugurated in 2018.
The order for a second 25 tonnes per day unit, the value of which has not been disclosed, will bring the combined total to 50 tonnes per day making it by far the largest facility of its kind in the world. Wärtsilä’s equipment is scheduled for delivery in May 2022.
Wärtsilä’s latest mixed refrigerant – MR – technology used in our liquefaction plants is extremely reliable, and offers the lowest operating costs for liquefying biogas. We are proud to have once again been selected by Biokraft since it represents a clear endorsement of customer satisfaction, said Maria Ortiz, Sales Manager, Biogas Solutions in Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
According to Wärtsilä, the market for biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) and liquefied biomethane continues to expand along with the increase in global efforts to restrict the use of fossil fuels. BioLNG is an abundant renewable energy source that is used as ‘green’ fuel in transportation, industrial, and marine applications.