France| First project for the production of bio-LNG for maritime transport

9 July 2021

EveRé, operator of the multi-purpose household waste treatment centre serving the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis, the CMA CGM Group, shipping and logistics company, Elengy, operator of the Fos-sur-Mer liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, an ENGIE subsidiary, a TotalEnergies, and broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale, have joined forces to study, in the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, the feasibility of France’s first project for the production of liquefied biomethane (bio-LNG).

Resulting from biodegradable household waste from the Marseille-Provence territory, bio-LNG will lower maritime transport’s carbon emissions from the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. The bio-LNG produced will be used mostly by the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered ships.

The project observes the principles of the circular economy. The use of the Metropolis’ household waste will reduce local air pollutants (NOx, SOx and fine particles).

Commitment to the energy transition of maritime transport

The use of bio-GNL combined with the dual fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM can reduce greenhouse gases up to 67% (including CO₂) compared to VLSFO in well-to-wake (the complete value-chain). The tank-to-wake measures(by the size of the ship) can reduce greenhouse emissions by 88%.

The use of liquefied natural gas reduces sulphur dioxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by 91% and nitrogen dioxide emissions by 92%. By the end of 2024, 44 ships of the CMA CGM fleet will be LNG powered .

A project integrated into the local ecosystem

This project is integrated into the local ecosystem as it makes use of existing infrastructure at the Marseille-Foss Port that is well suited to this undertaking: EveRé’s waste methanisation units, Elengy’s LNG terminals to store and deliver the bio-GNL, TotalEnergies’ bunker ship, which will be present at the port from January 2022, and CMA CGM’s fleet of LNG-powered ships. A feasibility study was launched as part of this project. This project should contribute to the national strategy to promote the use of bio-NGL, set out in the law on the mobility framework.

Author: KS / Source: Elengy / Photo: Unsplash