Naturgy will promote the first bio-LNG project in Spain within its commitment to the decarbonization of transport and the current energy mix, as well as to innovation in sustainability.
Within this commitment, Naturgy has already signed the first long-term purchase contract for liquid biomethane. The agreement will entail the purchase of an annual production of 25 GWh of bio-LNG obtained at the Sologas waste recovery plant in As Somozas (La Coruña), whose entry into operation is scheduled for the end of 2023.
ADDSynergy, from the Pietro Fiorentini Group, will be the company in charge of implementing a process that will allow the integrated production of bio-LNG and liquid CO2 to capture CO2 and increase fuel quality. This capture will grant a negative carbon intensity to the product, which represents an extremely relevant milestone to meet the decarbonization objectives committed by Spain.
“Renewable gas must play a leading role in the decarbonization of transport, a sector that concentrates almost a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. This project, a pioneer in Spain, represents a step further in the search for innovative solutions to promote biomethane as a strategic lever in the energy transition,” said Silvia Sanjoaquín, Director of New Business at Naturgy.
Among all its potential uses, bio-LNG has great potential to drive the decarbonization of heavy road and maritime transport at a reasonable cost. This renewable gas is traditionally distributed by trucks to LNG terminals to be used as fuel for ships (bunkering), heavy road transportation or other uses. Its production is growing rapidly in Europe as it is recognized as a necessary fuel with high potential for the energy transition that can be mixed with LNG of fossil origin.
Naturgy aims to play a key role in the development of renewable gases, both in the production and distribution of biomethane in Spain in the short term, and in the development of hydrogen as an energy vector that will have a significant impact on the energy mix in the medium term.