Biogas will become increasingly important in the European energy transition picture, with the expectation it will supply 30-40% of Europe’s gas needs by 2050
A major of supplier of biogas, Biokraft has ordered a biogas liquefaction plant from Wärtsilä that will double the capacity of its existing facility, the world’s largest.
A subsidiary of the Scandinavian Biogas Group, Biokraft will add 25 tonnes per day capacity to its existing bioLNG production plant at Skogn in Norway, increasing its capacity to 50 tonnes per day. Wärtsilä supplied the facility’s original liquefaction plant.
The market for liquefied biogas continues to expand along with the increase in global efforts to restrict the use of fossil fuels. BioLNG is an abundant renewable energy source that is used as ‘green’ fuel in transportation, industrial and marine applications.
“Wärtsilä’s latest mixed refrigerant – MR – technology used in our liquefaction plants is extremely reliable, and offers the lowest operating costs for liquefying biogas,” said Wärtsilä Gas Solutions sales manager, biogas solutions Maria Ortiz.
Wärtsilä will deliver the equipment in May 2022.
Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses. Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produce a steady volume of organic waste, underpin biogas production.
In 2019, Biokraft entered into a 7.5-year contract to supply climate-neutral liquefied biogas (LBG) to expedition cruise line Hurtigruten. Made from dead fish and other organic waste, the LBG is used to power the line’s expedition cruise ships with fuel.
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