Gasunie, Dutch energy infrastructure firm and operator of the Dutch gas pipeline network has formed a 50/50 joint venture with torrefaction technology specialist Perpetual Next to produce green gas.
The two companies will further develop and build the Torrgas Delfzijl project – a new plant to produce and distribute green gas made from syngas. The facility will use renewable feedstock.
Perpetual Next has the technology to convert organic waste streams, green waste and scrap wood into high-quality renewable raw material via torrefaction. The material will be transported to the Torrgas Delfzijl plant by barge.
Syngas is produced by gasifying this raw material into two heating stages, a process developed by technology partner Torrgas. Syngas is a base that can replace fossil as a raw material in many chemical applications. Green gas, methanol and hydrogen are some of the fuels that can be produced from syngas.
Producing syngas is also cost-effective due to the by-product biochar, a pure form of carbon that can be used as a soil enhancer, in water purification, and for cleaning chimney gases produced by factories.
Gasunie and Perpetual Next will build the plant together in the Delfzijl chemical cluster, part of Chemport Europe. Perpetual Next will then assume responsibility for managing and operating the plant. Gasunie will distribute the gas which will be delivered underground to the built environment and industry via the national network.
“The collaborations with Gasunie and the location of Chemport Europe are strategically important to us,” said Martijn van Rheenen, co-founder of Perpetual Next.
“It’s great to see that, in this way, the region will once again be supplying gas, but a future-proof alternative. The availability of raw materials, the space to build production facilities with new clean technologies, and the knowledge and expertise available make this the perfect environment.”
Ulco Vermeulen, member of Gasunie's executive board, commented: “The goal in the Climate Agreement is to produce 2 billion m3 of green gas by 2030.
“With other parties, we are working to make green gas affordable and bring it to the market on a large scale. This project is in line with that ambition, and we are very confident that together we will achieve a sustainable, successful, and technologically advanced project.”
Construction is expected to start this autumn. The first phase of the project will require an investment of approximately €60 million. The plant will initially provide direct employment for 15 people. The project is expected to be operational by 2024 and start with green gas production of 12 million m3 per year.