Nordic biogas producer Scandinavian Biogas will accelerate development of a Swedish liquefied biogas (Bio-LNG) plant with a 300 million SEK ($30m) investment.

Set for completion in 2023, the plant currently produces 220 GWh (gigawatt hours) of Bio-LNG per year and is regarded as the largest of its kind in northern Europe. 

Biogas from the plant, based in Gladö Kvarn, Sweden, will be sent to Scandinavian Biogas for liquefaction, along with biogas from the production plant in Henriksdal in Stockholm. 

Equipment used to liquefy the natural gas will be supplied by industrial gas giant Air Liquide while different elements of the project will see contributions from Gasnätet Stockholm and Stockholm Water and Waste. 

The investment comes during a time when biogas has seen wider international adoption with Bio-LNG seeing increased demand in the heavy transport industry. 

Commenting on the use of biogas, Matti Vikkula, CEO, Scandinavian Biogas, said, “Demand for Bio-LNG is pointing strongly upwards. It is increasingly used in heavy transport, but we believe that in the future there will also be a market in shipping and industry, and even in the production of fossil-free steel, biogas is expected to play an important role.” 

As part of its role in the energy transition, the project will receive a 135 million SEK ($14.6m) grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s programme Klimatklivet. 

The company uses biogas extracted from sewage sludge and waste from households and agriculture, in addition to industrial organic waste.

Stating that the company’s ambition is for the gas network in Stockholm to grow relative to the city, Cecilia Hedqvist, CEO, Gasnätet Stockholm, added, “On the one hand, access to food waste increase as Stockholmers become more numerous, and on the other hand, the need for sustainable energy sources becomes increasingly important in line with population growth.”