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King of the Netherlands opens country’s first bio-LNG plant

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Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, officially opened the country’s first bio-LNG plant on 14 October.

The plant was developed by Nordsol, Shell and Renewi and will produce an estimated 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually – enough for 13 million kilometres of driving - preventing approximately 14.3 kilotons of fossil CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Nordsol’s bio-LNG is built on Renewi’s site in Amsterdam Westpoort. This facility is, in part, subsidised by the EU (20%) as part of its strategy to decarbonise road transport.

The three companies each have their own part in the production of bio-LNG. The recycler then processes the waste and converts it into biogas in its fermenters. Nordsol’s new bio-LNG plant reprocesses the biogas into bio-LNG. Shell makes this available for its customers at LNG service stations in the Netherlands. Additionally, during production, CO2 is removed from the biogas and liquefied for use in greenhouses.

“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 bio-LNG. With the technology used by the biogas plant of Renewi in Amsterdam, bio-LNG can also be produced in many other places in the country.”

Marjan van Loon, president director of Shell Netherlands, commented: “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. Bio-LNG 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.”