Gasum receives €30m to build two new biogas plants
Klimatklivet, or Climate Leap, is a programme for investment grants from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The two biogas plants will be built in Dalarna and Kalmar Counties.
The Borlänge, Dalarna plant will produce liquefied biogas (LBG) mainly from manure and food waste slurry, with an annual capacity of 120 GWh. The plant’s location is convenient, as Gasum is also building a new LBG station for heavy-duty vehicles in Borlänge.
The new facility will also allow Gasum to use local feedstock for biogas production. Municipal energy and waste management company Aktiebolaget Borlänge Energi has operated a pre-treatment plant for food waste since 2017. Currently, the slurry produced by the firm is being transported out of the area. By establishing a plant near Borlänge Energi’s pre-treatment plant at Fågelmyra landfill and recycling centre, around 47,000 tons of slurry can be pumped directly to the biogas plant.
“The grant from Klimatklivet makes it possible for us to consider expanding our production capacity in Sweden with not just one, but two plants,” said Erik Woode, director of project development and management at Gasum.
“This is an important step in making biogas more available and thus helping us play our part in realising Sweden’s and EU’s climate goals.
“Gasum will also partner with Dala Biogas, a biogas firm founded by a group of local farmers. Dala Biogas has been aiming at establishing a biogas plant in Borlange for years. They will be a valuable local asset for us.
“There is a tremendous spirit of co-operation, commitment, and a can-do attitude in Borlange. They all really want this to happen.”
The biogas project in Kalmar County was established in co-operation with Mörbylånga Biogas, a firm launched by local farmers. Because of its connection by local farmers, the feedstock for the plant will consist mainly of manure and other agricultural rest products. The plant’s annual capacity will be 70 GWh.
“The Kalmar County plant is located in an area that is one of the national forerunners of biogas consumption,” said Woode. “We are very happy that both Kalmar County plant and the plant in Dalarna County will enable local energy production and new local jobs.”