First liquefied biogas deliveries to Harjavalta Industrial Park for Skangas
In Finland, Skangas Oy has supplied the first deliveries of liquefied biogas (LBG) to Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy (NNH) and Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut (STEP) Oy in Harjavalta Industrial Park. The renewable green gas replaces fossil liquefied natural gas (LNG) currently used by the companies further improving their environmental footprint by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) producer and distributor Skangas Oy, a subsidiary of Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy, has supplied LNG to both companies previously. Replacing LNG with LBG is a step further in reducing fossil carbon dioxide emissions of industrial operations at the park.
This is the first time we are supplying LBG to Norilsk and STEP. LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand in hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise, commented Jouni Bedda, Sales Manager at Skangas.
For Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy (NNH), a nickel processing company, LBG is used in the production of biohydrogen and for energy production and is part of the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
Using liquefied biogas is a natural development towards an even cleaner operation and environment. Having replaced oil products with LNG in hydrogen production and bioenergy we are already significantly reducing our fossil CO2 emissions. As renewable LBG becomes increasingly available we will continue to improve our environmental footprint, said Marko Mikkola, Director Operations Support & EHSQ, Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta.
Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut (STEP) Oy operates a 30 MW steam boiler plant on the industrial park supplying around 220 GWh per annum of process steam to Norilsk Nickel. In 2016, STEP invested in a wood pellet fired steam boiler replacing heavy fuel oil (HFO) that was previously used with LNG as a backup fuel.
We are extremely satisfied with the opportunity to use renewable gas in our energy production.This is a step in the right direction and we welcome more biogas whenever possible, said Antti Kokko, Head of Sales and Business Development, STEP.
According to Skangas, since LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used. Compared to oil products LNG almost eliminates SOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85 percent. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20 percent whereas LBG the reduction is much higher.
About Nornickel and STEP
Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy (NNH) is a subsidiary of Russia-headed Public Joint Stock Company Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel (Nornnickel), the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. A 66 000 tonnes-per-annum nickel processing plant, NNH uses a sulphuric acid leaching processing technology to produce nickel semi-products such as nickel cathodes, briquettes and salts, and cobalt sulphates. The plant also manufactures semi-products, including PGM-bearing copper cake and cobalt solution and boasts the best-in-industry metal recovery rates of over 98 percent.
Suomen Teollisuuden Energiapalvelut (STEP) Oy is a joint venture between municipal energy utility Pori Energia Oy (49 percent) and Veolia Nordic Ab (51 percent), a subsidiary of France-headed global waste and water management company Veolia Group. Combining local and international expertise, STEP provides tailored sustainable energy solutions for industrial customers in Finland through principles of partnership.