FOR THE first time biomethane, also known as green gas, is being exported from the UK to Europe via the interconnector pipeline to Essent in the Netherlands.
The green gas is being sent from the UK by Barrow Green Gas.
Essent, the largest energy company in the Netherlands, is importing green gas to meet growing demand in the Netherlands which cannot all be met locally.
Tim Wijnen, manager developing markets at Essent said: ‘Simply put, over time there will not be enough raw materials in the Netherlands to produce sufficient green gas from. It is anticipated that the number of green gas production sites will not be in step with the future demand. As the largest green gas supplier in the Netherlands, we have therefore given thought to how we will be able to continue to supply sufficient green gas in the Netherlands in the future too and that is to import green gas from neighbouring trusted countries.”
The green gas is produced by JV Energen of Dorchester, which was the first commercial plant to inject green gas into the existing UK gas network. Barrow Green Gas delivers the green gas to RWE, Essent’s parent company, for delivery to the Netherlands via a pipeline that connects the UK to continental Europe.
Tim Davis, managing director at Barrow Green Gas said: ‘We have worked closely with JV Energen, Essent and RWE to put in place the arrangements which mean that not only Green Gas Certificates but also green gas is being delivered from the UK to the Netherlands. All the parties involved have been ISCC certified to demonstrate compliance with sustainability requirements, another first for the UK biomethane industry.’