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Wärtsilä granted permission for bioLNG plant

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Wärtsilä has announced that it has been given notice to proceed for a liquid biogas plant to be built in Asker, Norway.

According to the statement, the contract for the plant was awarded in April last year by Norwegian wastewater treatment and biogas producing company, VEAS. The notice to proceed was signed in the following December.

The facility will consist of a biogas upgrading and liquefaction plant. When complete, it will allow VEAS to produce vehicle quality biogas. The facility will be incorporated with the company’s existing biogas plant, which is Norway’s largest sewage sludge treatment plant, serving close to 750 000 people. The bioLNG plant will have a production capacity of 20 tpd.

Arne Jakobsen, General Manager Biogas Liquefaction Systems, Wärtsilä, said: “Efficiency and environmental sustainability are two of the main pillars of Wärtsilä’s strategy for future energy use. This new plant represents both of these pillars, and we are proud to be partnering VEAS in this carbon reducing project.”

Ragnhild Borchgrevink, Managing Director of VEAS, added: “Wärtsilä has the experience and technical know-how needed to integrate the new bioLNG facility with our existing plant. Their support throughout the project has been good, and they have shown themselves capable of meeting our demanding time schedule.”

In the statement, Wärtsilä claims that the scope of supply for the facility will include the upgrading of the biogas, hot water production, liquefaction, storage and truck loading capability. The company will deliver the system on a fast track basis, with the on-site installation scheduled for completion within a 14-month period. It is expected to begin commercial operation at some point next year.

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