Gasum has announced that its new Lohja biogas plant in Finland entered commercial service this month.
In a statement issued today (13 January), Gasum said that the plant, located on the site of Munkkaa waste centre in Lohja, will process around 60,000 tonnes of biodegradable feedstocks into 40 GWh of biogas and 50,000 tonnes of organic fertilisers a year.
The Lohja biogas plant uses biodegradable waste from the Helsinki region as feedstock, which means that the recycled nutrients created in production at the biogas plant meet the criteria for organic fertilizers.
Johan Grön, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum, commented: ‘It’s pleasing that our Lohja biogas plant was completed to plan. Our plant promotes the realisation of the circular economy in the Helsinki region. Demand for biogas is growing in all segments and we are constantly pursuing new opportunities to increase production capacity. Demand for recycled nutrients and organic fertilisers is showing development in various industrial sectors.’
The Lohja biogas plant has been granted support of €7.83 million by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment under the Bioeconomy and clean solutions key project.
According to Gasum, the use of biogas as a fuel can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel.
Gasum now has 16 biogas plants in Finland and Sweden, making the company one of the largest producers of biogas in the Nordics. Gasum will make 4 TWh of biogas available in the Nordics by 2024 through its own production and partners.
As previously reported, Gasum opened a new biogas in Topinoja which it said would be ‘the first in Finland to produce liquefied biogas for the transport, industrial and maritime sectors’.