Gasum and Metsä Fibre announce RNG partnership for Äänekoski biogas plant
In Finland, Nordic gas and energy major Gasum Oy, and compatriot forest industry major Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, have agreed on cooperation in biogas upgrading at the biogas plant operating as part of Metsä Fibre’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Äänekoski. Metsä Fibre will be responsible for the plant’s overall operations, whereas Gasum will be responsible for the daily remote operation and maintenance of the biogas upgrading unit.
The Äänekoski biogas plant is owned by Metsä Fibre and uses wood-based sludge from the bioproduct mill to produce biogas and biopellets, the latter of which is used as fuel in energy plants.
Our biogas plant further processes the sludge originating in pulp production into products of higher added value. Together with Gasum, we will be able to process biogas produced at the plant into a transport fuel. Safety and sustainability are key values for both companies, which is why I’m extremely pleased about our cooperation with Gasum, said Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, SVP Business Development at Metsä Fibre.
The cooperation will not cause changes to the biogas plant’s ownership: it will remain under the ownership of Metsä Fibre. Gasum will purchase the biogas from Metsä Fibres Äänekoski biogas plant, upgrade the biogas from the plant into biomethane – aka renewable natural gas (RNG), manage the upgrading plant’s operation and maintenance (O&M), and sell the RNG for road transport through its filling station network.
It’s great to work with Metsä Fibre in biogas production. Demand for renewable biogas is constantly growing and it’s currently by far the best way to reduce emissions in heavy-duty transport, for example. The significance of biogas in reducing transport emissions is well known. We want to increase biogas supplies and cooperation with Metsä Fibre will enable us to boost biogas availability in our network of gas filling stations, said Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production at Gasum.