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    TotalEnergies, partners develop bio-LNG for shipping


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TotalEnergies, partners develop bio-LNG for shipping

French energy firms TotalEnergies and Engie, Provencale domestic waste treatment plant operator Evere and shipping and logistics firm CMA CGM have joined forces on a possible liquefied biomethane (bio-LNG) production project, they said July 5.

Biodegradable waste from the Marseilles-Provence region would enable low carbon shipping and would be used primarily for the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels, TotalEnergies said. Using the area’s household waste will help reduce local air pollutants (nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and fine particles) as well as support the energy transition in the shipping industry. By the end of 2024, 44 of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels will be powered by LNG.


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Bio-LNG, combined with the dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 67% relative to well-to-wake very low sulphur fuel-oil, using the complete value chain, the shipowner estimates. On the basis of a tank-to-wake measurement (at vessel level), greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 88%.

Engie subsidiary Elengy’s LNG terminals will be used for the storage and delivery of the bio-LNG and TotalEnergies’ bunker vessel will be at the port from next January.

Elengy, TotalEnergies and CMA CGM have been working together for several months as part of the Coalition for the Energy of the Future, which aims to step up the pace of development of future energy sources and to support new sustainable mobility models, reducing the environmental impact of transportation and logistics.

TotalEnergies completed the first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering operation in France in May using its Gas Agility bunkering vessel, which started operations in November last year.