HAM Group and CycleØ have been awarded the contract for the construction and operation of the first Bio-LNG plant in Chile, which will be located in the Ñuble region and will have the capacity to process between 7,500 and 16,500 m3 of biogas per day. This amount represents a reduction in the heavy transport industry of more than 19,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, 96% of fine particle emissions and 85% of nitrogen oxide and sulphur emissions, compared to other fuels.
This BioLNG plant will be possible thanks to the commitment of Lipigas, a prominent player in the Latin American energy market, in favour of an efficient and fully renewable energy solution. The biogas will be generated from an anaerobic co-digestion plant of waste from a MaxAgro pig farm, where HAM Chile Spa will build and manage the facilities for its processing. An upgrading unit will be developed and constructed by FNX to purify the biogas, which contains 50-60% methane, to increase its quality and obtain a methane purity of over 99%.
We at HAM Group and CycleØ believe that BioLNG will play an essential role in the energy transition, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to its negative carbon footprint. Furthermore, the commitment to this fuel favours the circular economy, generating employment in rural areas, returning resources and nutrients to the soil, and as a sustainable alternative to incineration or landfill.
This project reinforces the commitment of our companies to biogas, which has led us to develop several projects related to BioLNG and BioCNG, such as those in Girona – Spain, where we have opened the first 100% vehicle biomethane plant in the country, or the one in Faenza – Italy, where we are going to put into service one of the largest European BioLNG plants.
About HAM Group
HAM Group, a leader in full-service CNG-LNG in industries, mobile-vehicular and maritime environments, offers multiple comprehensive services related to liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas, ranging from CNG-LNG refuelling, road transport of cryogenic products, LNG marketing and other activities. Through its subsidiary HAM Chile Spa, a leader in cryogenic equipment and works, the Group has been working for several years in South America, maintaining closer proximity to its customers and offering a wide variety of products and services ranging from design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of refuelling stations and regasification plants, bunkering and manufacturing of LNG cryogenic tanks.
CycleØ is an integrated biomethane producer focused on BioLNG and BioCNG for heavy transport and grid injection applications. CycleØ invests, develops and operates projects in more than five countries. Through its subsidiary, FNX Liquid Natural Gas, the CycleØ group owns the leading technology for developing small-scale biomethane plants. Its management team has more than three decades of experience in the sector and is backed by Ara Partners, a leading private equity firm in industrial decarbonisation.
Empresas Lipigas is a leader in the distribution and sale of energy solutions, with a presence in Chile, Colombia and Peru, dedicated to delivering comprehensive energy solutions to its customers through its various products. Since 2010, the Company has undergone a solid expansion process, broadening its presence in Latin America and diversifying its portfolio of energy solutions.
SOURCE: HAM Group