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Renewi, Nordsol, Shell to produce bio-LNG in Amsterdam Westpoort

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Renewi, Nordsol, and Shell have started construction on the first bio-LNG installation in Amsterdam Westpoort.

The new bio-LNG installation is an extension for the current processing of, among other things, outdated supermarket products.

With a multi-million-euro investment, technical partner Nordsol will be the first to produce bio-LNG in the Netherlands. Renewi will collect the organic waste throughout the Netherlands, such as expired products, process the waste, and convert it into biogas. Shell will sell the bio-LNG at its LNG filling stations.

The biogas is extracted from organic waste and converted into bio-LNG and liquid bio-CO2. It consists of approximately 60% methane and 40% CO2. The technology makes it possible to efficiently separate pure methane from the biogas and liquefy it into bio-LNG. The CO2 by-product is re-used in the market and, therefore, ensures an additional CO2 emission reduction, according to Nordsol, leading to a 100% CO2-neutral fuel.

Otto de Bont, CEO of Renewi, said: “Collaboration of partners in the chain produces concrete results. This is in line with our vision of ‘Waste no More’ and is in line with our aim to take the lead in producing secondary raw materials from waste flows.

“By also driving on bio-LNG itself when collecting these waste materials, Renewi closes the circle.”

It is expected the installation will be operational within a year, as the standardised modules are produced elsewhere and connected on the Renewi site.

It will produce 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG per year and allow more than 13 million km of CO2-neutral driving – equivalent to driving more than 370 times around the world.