Gasum’s Huittinnen biogas plant to use manure-based feedstock

Gasum has partnered with HKScan to switch to manure-based feedstock at its Huittinen biogas plant in Finland.

The plant would use mainly pig and cattle manure to produce biogas. As one of HKScan’s contract partners, contract pig meat producer Emomylly Oy has committed to the project.

The proposed plant would be Finland’s first industrial-scale biogas facility using manure as its main feedstock, utilising 60,000 tonnes of various feedstock, of which 50,000 tonnes would consist of manures and agricultural side streams.

Basic planning of the facility will be completed at the turn of the year and the plant would be ready to receive manure-based feedstocks in autumn 2021.

Ari Suomilammi, director of circular economy Finland at Gasum, said: “Our biogas plant project is an important regional circular economy project and aims at improving the regional nutrient balance and reducing nutrient run-off into the Baltic Sea.

“With a properly targeted supply of fertiliser, agriculture can reduce the use of mineral and fossil fertilisers. The investment decision can be made once the basic planning has been completed.”

Gasum will be responsible for the investment in and operation of the Huittinen biogas plant and HKScan is involved in planning the availability of manure-based feedstocks with its contract farms.

“The biogas plant project is a concrete example of the circular economy and protection of the Baltic Sea and will enable the vulnerable nutrients in pig manure to be recovered and supplied to crop farms with nutrient deficiency,” said Ulf Jahnsson, vice-president of strategic development production at HKScan.

“Manure processing at the biogas plant will directly reduce the carbon footprint of pig meat production by more than 12%. We want to be part of developing future solutions in meat production. It’s great to continue planning work on our manure pilot with Gasum.”

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