Nature Energy and Nordion Energi forge biogas development partnership
The partnership will combine Nature Energy’s expertise in developing and operating large-scale biogas production facilities with Nordion Energi’s strengths in operating and developing energy infrastructure to enable connection of new biogas production to the grid.
The partnership aims to take forward opportunities for biogas production facilities potentially being connected to the grid in western Sweden by 2030, subject to future Final Investment Decisions by both partners.
"This has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by enabling industry and heavy transport to switch to renewable energy sources more quickly," explained Hans Kreisel, CEO of Nordion Energi.
“Biogas already plays an important role in the green transition of the energy system. And for many companies, access to biogas is crucial for them to be able to convert their production. With our focused efforts to get large-scale production of biogas connected to our gas grid, we can offer a stable and sustainable supply of biogas to the customers who need it.”
He went on to emphasise that Nordion Energy is on track heading for the ambition to become the first fossil free gas grid in Europe.
Great potential in Sweden
Today, biogas accounts for 37.5% of the gas in the western Swedish gasgrid and is still increasing.
In Denmark, Nature Energy already operates 13 biogas plants that produce about a third of the biogas in the Danish gas grid. The company also has a pipeline of new plant projects in the Netherlands, France, the USA and Canada.
There is further potential to extend this growth pipeline in Sweden, according to Ole Hvelplund, CEO at Nature Energy.
"Sweden has a well-developed gas network that is constantly being developed. At the same time, there are plenty of biomasses available for our large-scale plants and when we can feed the upgraded biomethane into the gas grid, we see exciting potential for future investments. We look forward to exploring this potential further in partnership with Nordion”, he stated.
Once the relevant regulatory approvals have been obtained, it typically takes Nature Energy 18 months to build a biogas plant.