Since 2019, organic residual products have been converted into green gas in a modern installation on the Axelse Vlakte. The result of the production process is threefold: biogas, which is used by both the inhabitants and companies of Terneuzen; liquid CO2 sent to greenhouse horticulture and organic fertilizer for local agriculture. The installation was built for Aben Green Energy. Not many people know that the installation was acquired by SFP Group on January 1, 2021. With this acquisition, the name of the biogas installation has also been changed to SFP Zeeland. SFP stands for Sustainable Fuel Plant.
SFP Group was founded by Niels Peters and Erik Brouwer. The company focuses on the production of sustainable fuels such as green gas and bio-LNG. Niels Peters, previously employed by ABEN Green Energy, was closely involved for many years in the green gas installation on the Axelse Vlakte. The acquisition of Aben Green Energy took place at the initiative of SFP Group. “We knew the installation because of my previous position at Aben, where I co-built and operated it,” explains Mr. Peters. He continues, “The idea of establishing SFP Group is based on our ambition to build multiple, comparable installations at various strategic locations for the production of green gas and bio-LNG with the plant in Westdorpe as an example plant.”
Mr. Peters indicates that the green gas installation in Westdorpe is currently running very well. “Since its commissioning in 2019, the installation has been idle for a total of approximately 46 hours. The installation currently produces 21 million m3 of green gas per year, which now supplies around 12,000 households with green gas. The raw material for the installation consists of 50% manure and 50% co-products, in this case organic residual flows that are not suitable for consumption by humans or animals.”We source our raw materials mainly regionally within a radius of approximately 150 km. They are delivered partly by truck and partly by inland vessel. There are concrete plans for expansion, the capacity should be doubled by 2023,” said Mr. Peters.
In one of the episodes of North Sea Port’s series “Onze Haven” you can see an interesting report about SFP Zeeland. You can watch this episode below: Onze Haven (in Dutch)