Sucros Oy to switch to LNG and liquefied biogas with Gasum

Finnish sugar company Sucros Oy will switch from using heavy fuel oil and coal to LNG and liquefied biogas (LBG) at its sugar beet factory in Säkylä.

Supplied by Gasum, the fuel will help Sucros, part of Nordzucker, to significantly reduce emissions in its existing three boilers.

Gasum already receives wastewater sludge and biosludge from Sucros’s subsidiary, Suomen Sokeri, for use as raw materials in its biogas plants. The biogas produced can then be used in industrial processes for heat and power production in industry, and homes, or as fuel for the maritime and road transport segments.

The LNG and LBG supply agreement between Gasum and Sucros will commence in the autumn, when the terminal, which includes LNG storage tanks, a vaporiser, and industrial automation, is scheduled to start commercial operation. Gasum will procure and construct the terminal and LNG will be delivered by trailer from its LNG terminal in Pori.

“The transition to more environmentally friendly energy sources plays and important part of Nordzucker commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and thus the climate impact of sugar production,” said Jussi Urponen, head of the Sucris Säkylä site.

“The Nordzucker Group has the ambitious GoGreen programme, which includes significant investments in green technology solutions in the future. In addition, expenditures for support and replacement measures in Europe and Australia are planned.”

Tommy Mattila, vice-president, industry at Gasum, commented: “We are, of course, delighted to help Sucros in reducing their emissions with a turnkey solution of this kind.

“Switching from coal to gas will simply bring them many benefits in a cost-effective and secure way. Security of supply is increasingly important for our customers and as Gasum will be delivering the liquefied gas to the Säkylä factory from our terminal in nearby Pori. This will provide additional security of supply.”

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