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Gasum opens Turku liquefied biogas plant in Finland

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Gasum has opened its Turku biogas plant – the first in Finland to produce liquefied biogas (LBG).

The plant opened on 12 November and will produce LBG for the transport, industrial, and maritime sectors.

The major expansion and modernisation of the facility in Topinoja, Turku, was one of the Sipilä’s Finnish Government’s key projects, bioeconomy and clean solutions, the objective of which is to increase, in a sustainable way, the share of renewable energy in Finland by improving its availability.

The Turku plant will process around 130,000 tonnes of biomass annually, to produce approximately 60 GWh of LBG per year, equivalent to the annual fuel consumption of 125 heavy-duty vehicles or 5,000 cars. It will also produce around 4,000 tonnes of ammonia water for use as a recycled nutrient.

Johan Grön, vice-president of biogas at Gasum, said: “We’re one of the few companies in the Nordic countries to be able to provide industrial-scale biogas production and distribution.

“Gasum is continuously investing in biogas plants and increasing the performance of our existing ones. Demand for biogas is growing in all segments and we are constantly pursuing new opportunities to increase production capacity. We are investing in the development of our plants so that we can take the circular economy even further.

“Demand for recycled nutrients is also showing development in different industrial sectors. Our Turku plant is a superb example of the realisation of the circular economy.”