On September 13th 2022 a consortium of companies from the Netherlands has signed a letter of intent in presence of prime minister Mark Rutte from The Netherlands and president of the Republic Suriname Chan Santokhi. This letter of intent has been signed by Dordtech (which specializes in the development and realization of sustainable energy projects), Rice company Ramadhin from Nickerie and GreenIPP.
GreenIPP uses her knowledge about solar energy and financing and will focus on the ground mounted solar pv system of 10 MWp.
The solar PV system is the first step towards bioLNG plantations. The second step is rice husk gasification. In 2025 the first bioLNG plantation will be operational as third and final step.
The solar energy will be used for a number of bioLNG plantations. Those will be set up in the coming years and are based on energy cane crops, which are a biomass-optimized variant of sugar cane. LNG is liquified gas (Liquified Natural Gas), in this case from 100% pure organic material. A type of sugar cane (energy cane) will serve as the basis for production in Suriname. To make bioLNG, the energy cane is first converted into biogas by means of a fermenter. The gas is then purified and finally liquefied. This makes bioLNG compact and easy to transport. Because bioLNG is made from 100% pure organic substances, it is a sustainable fuel.
Setting up the first plantation and the solar energy park involves an investment of approximately 140 million euros. This investment will take place over three years, with the first milestone being the completion of the solar energy park in 2023. In 2024, the installation will be built that converts rice husks into gas and electricity using a gasifier. Finally, investments are made in the plantations that will be ready for the first harvest in 2025. From that moment on, bioLNG will be produced by converting the energy cane in the digester into methane gas with further processing. By setting up and operating the plantations, approximately 150 jobs will be created per farm.