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Groundbreaking for Denmark's largest biogas plant

Construction of Denmark’s largest biogas plant to date has started. Denmark’s largest producer of green gas, NGF Nature Energy A/S together with Danish biogas technology supplier Xergi A/S and European dairy major Arla Foods cut the first sod on the construction site in Trøstrup outside the town of Videbæk in western Denmark.

Groundbreaking (left) Ole Hvelplund, CEO, NGF Nature Energy; Lars Dalsgaard, Director Global Produktion, Arla Foods; Ole Kjær, Manager, Farmer’s Association Videbæk Biogas; Iver Enevoldsen MayorBorg, Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality and Jørgen Ballermann, CEO, Xergi (photo courtesy NGF Nature Energy).

Estimated to cost EUR 31 million, the plant will treat around 600 000 tonnes of feedstock consisting primarily of manure and deep litter supplied by 65 local farmers that also have a stake in the project. In addition, the plant will also treat around 40 000 tonnes of residues from the Arla’s whey production in Videbæk.

In return, the biogas from the plant will be piped back to Arla’s production facilities to replace up to 70 percent of the fossil gas currently used and thereby fulfil its targets for the use of renewable energy in overall production. The plant is estimated to be up and running by the end of 2018.

We have an ambitious target that 50 percent of the energy used in our production should come from renewable sources. The biogas plant at Videbæk is a concrete example of us taking action on our commitments. We’re looking forward to replacing natural gas with even more green gas by the end of 2018, said Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President of CSR at Arla.

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