Ignitis to import biomethane into Lithuania

Smart energy solutions company Ignitis will start to import biomethane into Lithuania and supply it to business customers in November and is currently negotiating with partners and biomethane producers with regard to establishing an uninterrupted biomethane supply in 2023.
Ignitis to import biomethane into Lithuania
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SG dujos will be the first company in the country to use the biomethane to replace natural gas. Biomethane is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, which meets the natural gas standard completely because it has an equivalent chemical formula (CH4). According to Saulius Bilys, Head of Strategic Development at SG Dujos, with the launch of biomethane imports, vehicle fleets that use natural gas (methane) can already fully replace them with zero emissions fuel.

Ignitis is hoping that in 2023 it will also be able to offer biogas produced in Lithuania itself.

“We will import biomethane from the Netherlands” said Haroldas Nausėda, Head of B2B Clients and Expansion at Ignitis. “Even though biomethane can be purchased globally, according to the highest standards, the importing and exporting parties must be connected via a common gas network. This means that the biomethane molecule entering the gas network must be able to travel to Lithuania and the customer’s gas consumption points. In this case, we ensure uninterrupted supply chain between the Netherlands and Lithuania. The gas will travel through the pipelines of the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Lithuania – this requires managing quite complex processes.”

The leading country in Europe in biogas and biomethane production is currently Germany. According to International Energy Agency data, in 2010–2018 Germany had the largest share of installed biogas production capacities, and biogas is produced using biomethane.

Both Ignitis and SG Dujos have received ISCC certification (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) while developing biomethane trading practices, which is necessary to conduct biomethane trading.

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