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PGNiG agrees to develop Poland’s biogas sector

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Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG), a Polish state-controlled oil and gas company, has signed an agreement to develop the biogas and biomethane sector.

Several representatives of the PGNiG Group participated in the project, initiated by the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Government Plenipotentiary for RES, Ireneusz Zyska.

The agreement outlines actions related to the launch and running of production, as well as the management of biogas and biomethane, and the creation of a regulatory environment and mechanisms supporting the development of the industry.

“When talking about solutions supporting the process of energy transformation that is safe for the Polish economy, it is impossible to ignore biomethane,” said Paweł Majewski, president of the management board of PGNiG ARE.

“The development of scattered installations near sources of raw materials and the processing of waste that is burdensome for the agricultural and municipal industries – all this in a very short time may contribute not only to the acquisition of a new energy source but also to solving several important environmental challenges.”

The agreement is the result of activities undertaken under the letter of intent on establishing a partnership for the development of biogas and biomethane sector, signed in October 2020.

PGNiG was responsible for coordinating the work of the bio-LNG and bio-CNG team and injecting biomethane into the national gas distribution network. The group of nearly 70 representatives representing all stakeholders in the biomethane sector held several meetings during which they discussed and verified such issues as fuel quality, and the costs of connecting and injecting biomethane through the distribution network and the use of the KZR certification system in the production process.

“As a gas company, we are optimistic about the agreement,” added Majewski. “Recently, we have raised the topic of the potential of biomethane many times.

“We are all the more pleased that so many PGNiG representatives could take part in the work on the project and share their knowledge and experience. We will be fully committed to supporting further actions aimed at implementing the market, institutional and legal recommendations formulated in the document.”