• Partnership in which Perpetual Next will produce syngas and green gas
• Gasunie will handle distribution – locally and via a national network
• Torrefaction of organic residual and waste flows means no use of fossil sources
• The plant will be built in the Delfzijl chemical cluster and be operational from 2024
Groningen (The Netherlands), 10th of February 2022 – Gasunie, the energy infrastructure company and operator of the Dutch gas pipeline network, and Perpetual Next, a world leader in torrefaction technology, 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.
Martijn van Rheenen, co-founder of Perpetual Next: ‘The collaboration with Gasunie and the location of Chemport Europe are strategically important to us. It’s great to see that, in this way, the region will once again be supplying gas, but a future-proof alternative. The availability of raw materials, the space to build production facilities with new clean technologies, and the knowledge and expertise available make this the perfect environment.’
Ulco Vermeulen, member of Gasunie’s Executive Board: ‘The goal in the Climate Agreement is to produce 2 billion m3 of green gas by 2030. With other parties, we are working to make green gas affordable and bring it to the market on a large scale. This project is in line with that ambition, and we are very confident that together we will achieve a sustainable, successful and technologically advanced project.’
Gasunie is a European energy infrastructure company. Their network ranks among the largest high pressure pipeline networks in Europe and consists of over 17,000 kilometres of pipelines in the Netherlands and northern Germany. Gasunie offers transport services for natural gas and green gas via its subsidiaries: Gasunie Transport Services B.V. (GTS) in the Netherlands and Gasunie Deutschland in Germany. With its cross-border gas infrastructure and services, Gasunie facilitates the TTF, which has developed into the leading European gas trading hub. Gasunie also offers other gas infrastructure services, including gas storage and LNG. Gasunie wants to help accelerate the transition to a CO2neutral energy supply. The company believes that innovations in the gas sector can make an important contribution to this goal, for example in the form of renewable gases such as hydrogen and green gas. Both existing and new gas infrastructure are important in this regard. Gasunie is also active in developing other energy infrastructure relevant to the energy transition. https://www.gasunie.nl/en
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 highquality 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.
More information about the project can be found here.