Gasum receives Government funding to increase Finnish biogas production
Finland's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has awarded its national gas major Gasum Oy, EUR 7.83 million in support from its ’Bioeconomy and clean solutions' programme for increased biogas production. Gasum is building the Nordic gas ecosystem, which also includes increasing biogas production. The company plans to build a new biogas plant in Lohja, Finland.
According to Gasum, developing the biogas market and the transport use of gas and increasing biogas production capacity are key elements of the company’s strategy and it has conducted a feasibility study examined the possibility of constructing a biogas plant in Munkkaa, Lohja, in southern Finland. More detailed design and planning of the biogas plant project will now commence.
The ’Biogas and clean solutions’ key project support granted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment for increased biogas production is a strong indication of the State’s commitment to the development of the biogas market in Finland. 100 percent Finnish and fully renewable biogas plays a key role in, for example, reducing transport emissions, said Gasum’s CEO Johanna Lamminen.
The objective of the Government’s ’Bioeconomy and clean solutions’ key projects is to increase the use of renewable energy in a sustainable way so that its share will increase to over 50 percent during the 2020s. This will be based, in particular, on the growth in the supply of bioenergy and other emission-free renewable energy.
Gasum’s current biogas capacity is approximately 650 GWh per annum. At its 12 biogas plants, the company processes a combined total of 800 000 tonnes of biomass annually making it the leading processor of biodegradable waste and supplier of biogas in the Nordic countries.
The biogas plants are located in Huittinen, Honkajoki, Kuopio, Oulu, Riihimäki, Turku and Vehmaa, Finland. Gasum also produces biogas with its partners in Espoo, Kouvola and Lahti. In Sweden, Gasum’s biogas plants are located in Jordberga, Katrineholm, Lidköping and Örebro, and Gasum also has a majority shareholding in a production plant located in Västerås. In addition, Gasum has a 50 percent shareholding in Vadsbo Biogas in Sweden.