Danish biomass firm secures poultry manure contract in Turkey

Danish biomass boiler firm Aalborg Energie Technik (AET) has secured a contract to help build a poultry manure-fired plant in Turkey.

AET will assist Gülsan Holding’s subsidiaryMAV Elektrik with the project to create cleaner air, prevent water and soil contamination and provide a commercial income from poultry manure, which was previously seen as a waste product.

The plant in Turkey’s Bolu District will process around 250,000 tonnes of biomass and produce an estimated 35 MWe of green electricity to be injected into the grid. The 35,000 tonnes of ash produced as a by-product will be used as a fertiliser.

The Turkish Government is urging the usage of poultry waste, as the authorities are concerned over uncontrolled disposal of the waste, as well as excess use of fertiliser, soil and water contamination, the spread of viral/bacterial poultry diseases, risk to human health and the odour from current disposal methods. Chicken is the main meat protein source in Turkey and the industry is growing rapidly. The number of farm sin the region around the Bolu District is concentrated, according to AET.

Yusuf Özgül, project director at Gülsan, said: “We are pleased to announce that AET will be the EPC supplier for MAV. AET have the technology competence and know-how for similar-sized plants and their plants have more than 25 years’ operational experience with handling and combustion of chicken litter.”

“It’s a great step for AET to move in to the Turkish market,” said AET sales director Erik Flemming Hansen, “and AET could not have chosen a better partner than Gülsan Holding to make this move with. It has been a pleasure to develop the MAV project together with the MAV Gülsan team – from the first day there has been constructive cooperation in a very positive spirit.”

Lars Kristensen, CEO of AET, added: “At AET, we are very happy to be part of expanding the green energy portfolio for Gülsan Holding. The 35 MWe produced at MAV will supply green energy in Turkey to approximately 100,000 households, equivalent to a reduction of around 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, if substituting a coal-fired plant.”

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