Wärtsilä Biogas Liquefaction Plant is able to produce enough fuel to run 135 buses. As a result, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be reduced by some 10,000 tons a year.
The biogas liquefaction plant delivered by Wärtsilä Oil & Gas Systems to Norwegian Cambi AS, a specialist in biowaste treatment, will produce biomethane from household food waste to be used as biofuel for buses in Oslo, thereby putting the region at the forefront of environmental innovation.
The plant is located in Nes, Romerike, an agricultural region northeast of Oslo, and will treat 50,000 tons of food waste a year to produce around 14,000 Nm3 per day of biomethane. The bio-LNG can be efficiently transported for use as fuel.
“This plant will mean that 135 Oslo region buses will be able to run on biogas. As a result, CO2 emissions will be reduced by some 10,000 tons a year and particle emissions will also be significantly lowered. The air will be cleaner and noise levels will be reduced, and these are benefits that everyone in the region will enjoy,” noted Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director of Communications, Energigjenvinningsetaten, Oslo kommune.
Wärtsilä’s responsibilities at the plant include feed gas compression, biogas cleaning and liquefaction and bio-LNG storage and export.
The Wärtsilä liquefaction technology is based on more than 50 years of experience in the marine and oil & gas markets. The new facility’s liquefaction plant design use conventional components in a mixed refrigerant process.
The choice of energy efficient Mixed Refrigerant (MR) liquefaction technology, designed for lower liquefaction capacities and in combination with our fast track engineering model, results in low investment costs, short manufacturing time, low power consumption and simple unmanned operation.
The liquefier system uses a mixed refrigerant technology, where one single MR compressor and one aluminium plate-fin heat exchanger (PFX) are the main components in the system. A standard glycol chiller (pre-cooling unit) is incorporated to improve energy efficiency and to ensure stable operation of the MR process. The technology is scalable upwards to a capacity of at least 60 tons per day which can be delivered as modularized units for fast installation and hook-up.