VGT has established bioplus LNG to deliver the project. Gas transmission system operator OGE, a VGT subsidiary, will provide the technical expertise required to design and then operate the plant. It will also use its pipeline system to transport the biomethane to the plant.
Following VGT's investment decision to go ahead with the project, a long-term contract was signed with GasCom Equipment GmbH, which allows GasCom to expand its business along the LNG value chain and ensure the supply of climate-neutral fuel to its LNG filling stations.
The liquefaction of biomethane into bio-LNG increases the fuel’s volume-based energy density 600 times, making it a powerful energy carrier. The bio-LNG liquefied at the site will provide enough fuel for about 180 million truck kilometres, which equates to about 4,500 trips around the equator. Thanks to its excellent carbon footprint, the bio-LNG will help save more than 400,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents annually compared to conventional diesel fuel. Using bio-LNG also significantly reduces noise pollution (-50%), nitrogen oxide levels (-70%) and emissions of particulate matter (-95%).
Bio-LNG is liquid and non-toxic. The production process is based on the condensation of biomethane at a temperature of -162 degrees Celsius. Biomethane is produced, for example, by the fermentation of biogenic waste. Following treatment, it can be fed into the gas grid or liquefied into bio-LNG.