Eemsgas Delfzijl (52) – Gasunie, the energy infrastructure company and operator of the Dutch gas pipeline network, and Perpetual Next, a world leader in torrefaction technology and client of Adverio, have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement to further develop and build the Torrgas Delfzijl project. The joint intention is to build a new plant that can produce and distribute green gas made from syngas in a sustainable way. This will eliminate dependence on fossil-based raw materials. Construction of the plant is expected to start autumn 2022. The first phase of this project will require an investment of approximately EUR 60 million. The decision about that investment will be made later this year. The plant will initially provide direct employment for 15 people.
The companies intend to build the plant together in the Delfzijl chemical cluster, part of Chemport Europe. Perpetual Next will then assume responsibility for managing and operating the plant. Gasunie will distribute the gases, which will be delivered – underground – to the built environment and industry via the national network. The plant, which is expected to come into operation in 2024, will start with a green gas production of 12 million m3 per year. This may be scaled up rapidly to 40 and 120 million m3 of green gas per year.
Multiple chemical applications without using fossil as a raw material
The plant will use renewable feedstock. Perpetual Next has the technology to convert organic waste streams, green waste and scrap wood into high-quality renewable raw material via torrefaction. This renewable raw material will be transported to the plant by barge. Syngas is produced by gasifying this raw material in two heating stages, a process developed by technology partner Torrgas. Syngas is a base that can replace fossil as a raw material in many chemical applications. Green gas, methanol and hydrogen are some of the fuels that can be produced from syngas. The production of syngas is also cost-effective due to the by-product biochar, a pure form of carbon that can be used as a soil enhancer, in water purification and for cleaning chimney gases produced by factories. Phase 1 of this project will mainly focus on producing green gas for further distribution via Gasunie’s existing natural gas network. The production of syngas will help to achieve the ambitions set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.
About Perpetual Next
The mission of Perpetual Next is to prevent further climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and removing CO2 from the atmosphere for its customers. Perpetual Next accomplishes this by preventing waste and using leading-edge technologies to upgrade organic waste streams to high-quality raw materials and products. Perpetual Next, led by CEO Niels Wage, is organised into three divisions: Trading, Conversions and Technologies. With its activities, Perpetual Next generates the CO2 rights that are a fundamental part of its business model. Perpetual Next has linked its mission to the UN Sustainability Development Goals, the ESG criteria and the EU Green Deal.