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Titan to build world’s largest biomethane liquefaction plant for shipping / trucking sectors

14 Oct 2022

Titan, an Amsterdam-based supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biomethane (LBM, also known as bio-LNG), on Thursday (13 October) said it will be scaling up LBM production in the Port of Amsterdam together with biogas supplier BioValue.

Linde has been contracted to perform the basic engineering for the LBM production project which is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of LBM per year; the first LBM production is expected in 2025.

Titan will build and operate the LBM plant at the Port of Amsterdam allowing supply to ships as a bunker fuel and trucks as a transportation fuel.

BioValue, one of the largest biogas suppliers in the Netherlands, will supply a significant part of the biogas required for the total LBM production. For this, BioValue will construct a new biogas plant, adjacent to Titan’s LBM plant.

The remaining biogas will be sourced from other production installations throughout Europe that are connected to the existing gas grid.

According to Titan, this hybrid sourcing setup enables the scale required for impactful decarbonisation of the marine industry.

The bulk of the LBM volumes produced by the plant will be supplied to the LBM-powered marine vessels of Titan’s launching customer.

For the remaining volumes truck refuelling stations and industrial customers are also within scope.

Ronald van Selm, CTO at Titan, commented: “Titan is committed to decarbonise shipping by supplying LBM and any other renewable fuels such as hydrogen-derived methane, also known as E-LNG. Strategic value chain collaborations are paramount to ramping up alternative fuel production to the scale required for shipping. We are proud of the joint efforts with BioValue and look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”

Ids Schaap, CEO at BioValue, continued: “BioValue is a pioneering biogas producer with six production sites in the Netherlands. With our engagement in this exciting LBM project, we are able to climb the circularity ladder to on-site production of advanced biofuels.”

Roon van Maanen, Director Energy & Circular Industry at Port of Amsterdam, said: “Having the energy transition, circular economy and clean shipping at the core of our sustainability strategy, Port of Amsterdam welcomes the novel renewable fuel plant with full support. We want to reduce emissions in our port area and lead the way in the transition to a sustainable society. This plant, with its hydrogen-ready design, is a perfect example that fits seamlessly with our long-term strategy for the port.’’

John van der Velden, Senior Vice President Global Sales and technology at Linde Engineering, added: “Our contribution to this project is clear: our expertise based on numerous previous LNG projects and an optimised process design tailored specifically to the bioLNG industry. Linde Engineering’s proprietary liquefaction technology enables best-in-class efficiency with up to 20% energy savings to minimize OPEX. We are proud to join Titan’s Amsterdam LBM project to realise a sustainable plant design and achieve together the net-zero target for the industry.”


Photo credit: Titan
Published: 14 October, 2022

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