EveRé, which operates a household waste treatment plant in Marseille, France, shipping firm CMA CGM Group, LNG terminalling company Elengy, and energy major TotalEnergies are to jointly study the feasibility of a bioLNG production and bunkering project in France’s Marseille-Provence region.
The facility would be the first bioLNG production plant in France. It will liquefy biomethane produced at EveRé’s waste treatment plant, and the resulting bioLNG will primarily be used in CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels leaving from the Grand Port Maritime in Marseille. Elengy’s LNG terminals in Fos-sur-Mer will be used for the storage and delivery of the bioLNG, while TotalEnergies’ bunker vessel, which will move to the port in January 2022, will be used for bioLNG bunkering of CMA CGM’s ships.
CMA CGM’s LNG-powered vessels run on its proprietary dual-fuel gas engine technology, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 67% compared to well-to-wake VLSFO for the complete value chain. For individual vessels, emissions are 88% lower compared to VLSFO. 44 of CMA CGM’s vessels will be powered by LNG by 2024.
The partners say that the circular economy project, using local household waste, will fit ‘perfectly’ into the local ecosystem, reducing local air pollutants including nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particulates, improving air quality, and supporting the energy transition in the shipping industry.
CMA CGM, Engie and TotalEnergies have been part of the Coalition for the Energy of the Future for the past few months, working together to speed up development of future energy sources and technologies and to support new sustainable mobility models, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of transport and logistics. The development of the bioLNG facility will be led by the coalition.