The triumvirate of energy companies are part of a project known as FirstBio2Shipping, an effort to decarbonise maritime transport by developing a plant that aims to produce 2.4 tonnes of bio-LNG (liquefied natural gas) per year.

Located at the facilities of one of the partners involved, Attero, in Wilp, the Netherlands, the FirstBio2Shipping project have received €4.3m from the EU Fit for 55 packages and will supply the low-carbon fuel through existing infrastructure, mitigating further carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that would have been emitted through infrastructure development. 

In addition to bio-LNG, the facility will also produce 5,000 tonnes per year of liquid bio-CO2. 

The partners will contribute to each stage of the project: 6m Nm3 (normal metre cubed per hour) of biogas per year will be supplied by Attero from domestic biowaste, which will then be upgraded and liquefied into bio-LNG by Nordsol, before Titan, the long-term off-taker supplies the renewably sourced energy to the maritime industry.

Stating that the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is of ‘critical importance’, Léon van Bossum, Commercial Director, Nordsol, said, “With the FirstBio2Shipping project we take a first step in decarbonising the shipping sector with our highly scalable, decentralised bio-LNG plants.” 

This decarbonisation effort is set to reduce GHG emissions by 92% compared to a conventional maritime fuel and equates to more than 87.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions avoided during its first ten years of operation. 

Ronald van Selm, CTO, Titan, referred to the project as a necessary part of Titan reaching carbon zero within the coming two decades, adding that the project builds upon Titan’s previous successful funding application, Bio2Bunker. 

Abiding by EU and IMO (International Maritime Organisation) regulations, the project is planned to scale-up and explore the potential for green hydrogen-derived E-LNG.