Biomethane being produced and utilized in the UK
Gasrec, the UK’s first commercial producer of liquid
biomethane fuel, BOC, a member of the global gases and
engineering Linde Group and SITA UK announced the successful
production of liquid biomethane (LBM) fuel from the Gasrec
plant at SITA UK’s Albury landfill site in Surrey, UK.
Gasrec has been working closely with BOC and SITA UK
to develop an LBM production facility at Albury which
can recover over 85% of the methane contained in the
raw gas produced from the landfill site.
The Gasrec process cleans the landfill gas of all impurities
before one constituent gas, methane, is separated and
liquefied to create LBM, a valuable vehicle fuel. The
liquefaction technology for landfill applications is
provided under an exclusive UK agreement with BOC’s parent,
The Linde Group. BOC provides plant operation and maintenance
services as well as risk management and engineering expertise.
LBM not only offers a renewable alternative to fossil
fuels, which generate harmful Greenhouse Gases, but also
burns more cleanly and quietly than diesel, with a 90%
reduction in PM10 particulate, a 60% reduction in nitrous
oxide, a 50% reduction in sulphur dioxide and a 30% reduction
in noise. The use of LBM as a fuel substitute for fossil
diesel or gasoline results in carbon dioxide savings
in the region of 70%, throughout the chain from extraction
of the fossil fuel from the ground to its use in a vehicle.
All vehicles that can operate on CNG (compressed natural
gas) or LNG (liquefied natural gas) can run on LBM, however
LBM offers a reduction in CO2 emissions which is twice
that of natural gas
The initial target for the use of LBM is commercial vehicles
operating in the haulage and waste management sectors.
Used widely, this fuel could make a valuable contribution
toward the UK’s short term CO2 reduction targets and
lead to an overall improvement in air quality.
Gasrec has signed an agreement with the Hardstaff Group,
one of the largest LNG bulk transporters in the UK, to
manage transport logistics and fuel transportation from
Albury. The haulage trucks use Hardstaff’s dual fuel
system running entirely on LBM.