Wärtsilä to build major bio-LNG plant in Germany

Wärtsilä will supply equipment for a major bio-LNG facility in Germany.

The facility will be the second-largest of its kind in the world, capable of liquefying biomethane and synthetic methane from renewable energy to produce REEFUEL - a carbon-neutral transportation fuel.

The contract was placed in March by German energy company REEFUELERY – a joint venture between Erdgas Südwest and avanca, which specialises in sustainable energy and logistics solutions. Once operational, the plant will be able to produce 63,000 tons of bio-LNG per year.

The plant, located in Burhaun, near Fulda, will utilise biomethane from communal and agricultural waste materials as feedstock. The biomethane is subsequently liquefied and delivered to the Alternoil filling station network as REEFUEL (bio-LNG).

“REEFUEL can be used in any LNG-fuelled truck and contributes significantly to the decarbonisation of heavy-duty transport,” said Jürgen Muhle, CEO of the avanca group.

“The construction of the liquefaction plant will reduce CO2 emissions along the entire supply chain, thereby effectively using economies of scale.”

Walter Reggente, vice-president of Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, commented: “Decarbonisation solutions are at the front and centre of Wärtsilä’s strategies, and we are delighted to support REEFUELERY in the realisation of their first German biomethane liquefaction plant.

“It is a prime circular economy model. Our unmatched in-house expertise in the process design, engineering, fabrication, and delivery of gas liquefaction plants, as well as mature gas treatment solutions prior to liquefaction, form a solid foundation for building a sustainable future.”

The plant is expected to become fully operational during the first quarter of 2024.

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