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EnviTec Biogas, Liqvis sign bio-LNG supply agreement

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EnviTec Biogas and Liqvis have signed an agreement for the supply of bio-LNG.

EnviTec Bioenergie Güstrow, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnviTec Biogas, will start supplying Liqvis with bio-LNG from the third quarter of next year.

From autumn 2022, bio-LNG will be produced at the biogas plant in Güstrow. To date, this plant has been used to produce biomethane and is now being converted to produce bio-LNG.

As the bio-LNG will be carbon-neutral, this will lead to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared with conventional LNG. From October 2022 onwards, the fuel will be available from Liqvis’s filling stations in Germany as an alternative fuel for the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector.

Liqvis, a subsidiary of Uniper, has been operating LNG filling stations since 2017, located at strategic transport hubs that serve a high volume of HGVs.

“The supply agreement with EnviTec is a major milestone on our way towards further decarbonising the Liqvis product portfolio,” said Sebastian Gröblinghoff, managing director of Liqvis.

“Since 2017, our conventional LNG products have been helping our customers make significant reductions to their carbon footprint when compared with the use of diesel fuel.

Starting in 2022, our partnership with this established, experienced biogas generation company will also let us offer a fully carbon-neutral product at an attractive price for the very first time.

“As supplies of bio-LNG have been limited in the past, it’s likely that we will not be able to meet customer demand in full initially. However, we are increasing the proportion of bio-LNG in our portfolio as part of a continuous process that will ensure we can offer an attractive bio-LNG product to all of our customers.

“If our efforts here are well-received by our customers, this would signal real progress towards decarbonising HGV transport in Germany.”

Olaf von Lehmden, CEO of EnviTec Biogas, said the implementation of RED II in Germany is “the first truly ambitious approach” to the energy transition in the transport sector.

“The admixture of bio-LNG or a complete conversion to this fuel can make a hugely valuable contribution to the decarbonisation of the rising volume of heavy goods traffic in Europe,” said Von Lehmden.

“With the acquisition and conversion of the Güstrow Bioenergy Park, EnviTec is entering into the production of advanced biofuels and opening up a new business segment. Conversion work on the site requires investment in a CO2 liquefaction plant and an LNG system for biomethane liquefaction, as well as extensive capital spending on replacements such as new roofs and agitators amounting to €35-40 million.”