Shell bio-LNG available for road transport customers in the Netherlands
The fuel is liquefied gas from organic waste, such as agricultural waste, food scraps, and expired food products. It can be used in existing LNG engines and filling stations, without any need for modifications.
With this, Shell has become the first in the Netherlands to offer bio-LNG to all of its customers. After gearing up production, the company plans to offer pure bio-LNG to its entire LNG network in the Netherlands within a few years, helping its customers reduce CO2 emissions by around 30%.
“Shell wants to offer the logistics sector a cleaner alternative, with partners,” commented Marjan van Loon, president-director of Shell Netherlands. “This is a great step towards cleaner road transport.”
Bio-LNG is an important tool to make heavy-duty road transport and inland waterway transport more sustainable. Electrification is a challenge in these sectors in the short-term and bio-LNG offers a solution as a transition fuel.
In the Netherlands, Shell is supplying bio-LNG from its plant in Amsterdam, which opened last autumn in partnership with Nordsol and Renewi. In due course, an estimated 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG will be produced at the facility.
Shell has 46 LNG stations in Europe, with the aim of expanding its European network to 80 locations by the end of the year. There are currently 7 LNG filling stations in the Netherlands and 25 in Germany.
The company expects to be able to supply 100% bio-LNG to its entire network in both Germany and the Netherlands, partly thanks to the construction of Europe’s largest bio-LNG production facility in Godorf, Germany, which began in early February.