Global Energy Giants Join to Promote Synthetic Natural Gas

A group of major energy companies joined forces to create an international coalition supporting the production and use of e-natural gas (electric natural gas), a synthetic natural gas produced from renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), the companies announced on Monday.

TotalEnergies, Engie, Mitsubishi Corporation, Osaka Gas, Sempra Infrastructure, TES, Tokyo Gas and Toho Gas will collaborate in the development of the synthetic energy source by combining their expertise and efforts to establish the 'e-NG Coalition.'

The purpose of the coalition is to support e-natural gas development in a reliable, affordable, and sustainable way.

E-natural gas can be transported, liquefied and sold like natural gas using existing infrastructure.

A news release cited the advantage of this energy source by explaining that 'it can be used by end customers without any adaptation to their facilities, making it a particularly interesting synthetic fuel to support their decarbonization efforts.”

The coalition further aims to promote the use of e-natural gas and support the emergence of a global market, foster adequate support by policymakers and harmonization of applicable regulations and standards, and bolster collaboration between the various stakeholders along the entire value chain and across all geographies.

TotalEnergies is currently studying the 'Live Oak e-NG' project with Tree Energy Solutions to produce 100,000 to 200,000 tons of e-natural gas per year in the US by 2030.

The e-NG Coalition is set to benefit from the expertise that TotalEnergies acquires through the project, as well as its expertise in renewable power generation, large-scale project management, gas liquefaction, and green hydrogen project development.

(Anadolu Agency, March 19, 2024)

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