Industrial service group Bilfinger has won a contract to build a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant near the central German city of Fulda to help decarbonise Germany’s heavy transport sector.
Commissioned by German energy company Reefuelery, the plant will produce up to 180 tons of climate-neutral fuel a day from biomethane derived from municipal and agricultural waste.
Bilfinger says the plant will produce enough clean fuel to run 4,500 heavy-duty vehicles, saving 550,000 tons of CO2 a year produced by burning diesel.
Reefuelery chose the site near Fulda because of its access to the 679-km-long Midal gas pipeline, the backbone of Germany’s fuel-pipeline network.
Because gas liquefaction requires extremely low temperatures, Bilfinger must design the piping to withstand temperatures as low as minus 196ºC, the company said.