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China receives $66 million loan to produce bioenergy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting China’s plan to increase the amount of biogas generated from waste materials – in the form of $66.08 million (€49.6 million).

The loan will be used to help build biogas facilities in poorer areas such as the Heilongjiang, Henan, Jiangxi and Shandong provinces. For years the rural businesses in these regions have been producing billions of tonnes of biomass waste that has the potential to generate large amounts of sustainable power.

By 2015 the project will treat around 7 million tonnes of waste each year to generate 92 million KW-hours of power that will provide cheaper electricity to 65,200 homes.

According to ADB, the project will introduce high-temperature flare technology to minimize methane gas emissions from the plants.

Feng Yue-Lang, principal natural resources management specialist in ADB’s East Asia department, said: ‘The project will improve rural environmental management and expand access to biogas energy, with the outcomes of greater efficiencies in the rural biomass energy sector and rural social benefits.’

By the year 2020, the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Medium- and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy is hoping to have constructed 10,000 commercial-scale biogas facilities located on existing livestock farms, with an annual biogas yield of up to 14 billion m3. This will provide income to over 27,000 new contract farmers.

Production capacity of livestock and agro-enterprise farms is expected to expand, providing income to over 27,000 new contract farmers.