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Inauguration held for Denmark's largest biogas plant

On June 3, 2019, Nature Energy A/S, one of Europe's largest biogas producers, held the inauguration ceremony of its Videbæk biogas plant, the largest biogas plant in Denmark. The grand opening was officiated by Finance Minister Kristian Jensen (V) along with the Mayor of Ringkøbing-Skjern Hans Østergaard, Chairman of the Supplier Association, Ole Kjær, Chairman of the Board of Nature Energy, Peter Gæmelke, and CEO, Ole Hvelplund.

Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen (left) gets a tour of Nature Energy’s Videbæk biogas plant, the largest in Denmark with CEO Ole Hvelplund and Chairman Peter Gæmelke (photo courtesy Nature Energy).

The biogas plant at Videbæk is one of Denmark’s largest biogas plants and will be able to produce 27.5 million Nm3 per annum of green and carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral biogas. The green gas is sent directly to the nearby Arinco dairy in Videbæk via a local biogas pipeline.

We need to ensure that we get all of Denmark’s energy production converted to renewable and green energy so that we can leave the world to our children in a better state than when we inherited it from our parents. In this respect, biogas is incredibly important, said Minister Jensen in his opening remarks.

In his speech, Nature Energy’s CEO Ole Hvelplund noted with pride that the “beautiful and modern” biogas plant will make a big impression on the green transition.

We talk a lot about the climate and the green transition, and here biogas has every opportunity to play a key role. Two of the climate challenges are agricultural emissions and heavy transport. In both areas, there are very large climate benefits from biogas, said Ole Hvelplund.

To produce biogas, Nature Energy transforms food waste from citizens, manure from farmers and other organic wastes into biogas whilst the digestate is used by farmers as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. The company operates nine plants throughout Denmark.

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