On 5th of July 2021, TotalEnergies in partnership with EveRé, Elengy and the CMA CGM Group announced a new large-scale, circular economy project at the French shipping port of Marseille.
What is the project about?
The project involves carrying out a study of feasibility for the creation of France’s first production plant for liquified biomethane (Bio-LNG), to be used in the shipping industry. The project is commissioned by the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence to the operator of the household waste treatment plant EveRé. Partners in the project are CMA CGM Group – a world leader in shipping and logistics, Elengy -a subsidiary of Engie, operating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Fos-sur-Mer and TotalEnergies – a global multi-energy company that produces and supplies energy.
The goal is to produce biomethane by converting biodegradable household waste from the Marseille region and use it as Bio-LNG in shipping. This will allow the decarbonization of shipping services departing from the Grand Port Maritime in Marseille.
Bio-LNG as part of the local circular economy of Marseille
In this way the project creates a local circular economic system, by using local household waste, reduces local air pollution and supports the energy transition in the shipping industry. The project fits particularly well in the local economy, due to the existing infrastructure at theport – EveRé’s waste methanization unit, Elengy’s LNG terminals – which will be used for storage and delivery of the Bio-LNG. Additionally, it fits within the objectives of the French national drive to promote Bio-LNG, as established in France’s Mobility Orientation Law.
The produced Bio-LNG will be used mainly in the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels, which use a combined dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by the group. These engines reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 67% in comparison to well-to-wake Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil vessels and in a tank-to-wake comparison GHGs are reduced by 88%. Moreover, LNG allows for the reduction of sulphur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particles by 91% and nitrogen oxide by 92%. In this way, the project is expected to have a significant impact on local air quality, by reducing air pollution from waste and shipping!
To learn more about how GHGs are measured, check our Blog post HERE!