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€15 billion biogas project set for Belarus

In two years’ time Belarus will be home to almost 40 new biogas power plants after the Council of Ministers directed 39 should be implemented by 2012.

Once up and running the 39 plants will generate around 340kW/hr of electricity from biogas produced from biomass, manure, sewage and household waste.

The investment needed to get this large-scale project off the ground is in the region of RUB 580 billion (€15 billion) and will come from public funds, foreign investments and bank loans.

When completed the biogas-to-energy facilities are expected to reduce the county’s reliance on natural gas imports by approximately 145,000 tonnes every year.