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Gasum and Metsä Fibre to produce biogas

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Gasum and Metsä Fibre have teamed up to produce biogas at Metsä Fibre’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland.

Under the agreement, Metsä Fibre will be responsible for the plant’s overall operations while Gasum will take care of daily remote operation and maintenance of biogas processing. Gasum will buy the biogas produced at Metsä Fibre’s plant for use as a road transport fuel in its filling station network.

The Äänekoski biogas plant is owned by Metsä Fibre and will use wood-based sludge from the bioproduct mill to produce biogas and biopellets. The pellets will be used in energy production at Metsä Fibre’s power plant.

“It’s great to work with Metsä Fibre in biogas production,” said Ari Suomilammi, director, biogas production at Gasum.

“Demand for renewable biogas is constantly growing and it’s currently by far the best way to reduce emissions in heavy-duty transport, for example. The significance of biogas in reducing transport emissions is well known. We want to increase biogas supplies and cooperation with Metsä Fibre will enable us to boost biogas availability in our network of gas filling stations.”

Metsä Fibre’s senior vice-president of business development, Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, commented: “Our biogas plant further processes the sludge originating in pulp production into products of higher added value.

“Together with Gasum, we will be able to process biogas produced at the plant into a transport fuel. Safety and sustainability are key values for both companies, which is why I’m extremely pleased about our cooperation with Gasum.”