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Sunoko investing in biogas power at Vrbas sugar mill

In Serbia, sugar producer Sunoko Company, part of MK Group, has recently revealed that it is investing over EUR 9 million in building a 2.4 MW biogas power plant at its Vrbas sugar mill. The biogas plant will use by-products and wastewater from sugarbeet processing to generate green electricity.

Founded in 1913, Sunoko’s “Bačka“ sugar plant in Vrbas is the oldest sugar plant in Serbia. One of three sugarbeet processing plants operated by the company in Serbia, the annual processing capacity is around 600 000 tonnes of sugarbeet. Sunoko, an MK Group company, is investing over EUR 9 million in a 2.4 MW biogas power plant at Vrbas that will use wastewater and process residues as feedstock (photo courtesy Mk Group).

According to a statement, Germany-headed Wabio Technologie GmbH has been selected as the biogas technology supplier. The use of biogas, while preserving natural resources, improves the country’s energy balance by increasing the share of domestic energy sources and contributes to achieving the Serbian Government’s goal of increase the share of energy from renewable sources to at least 40 percent by 2040.

Although Serbia, as an agrarian country, has exceptional potential when it comes to renewable energy sources, today we have only 15 biogas plants. Sunoko, as part of the MK Group, has decided to use waste raw materials and by-products from sugar beet to produce electricity. With such innovative projects, our Group contributes to the protection of the environment, but also to more efficient and sustainable business, said Zoran Stojak, Technical Director of Sunoko.

MK Group, together with Fintel Energija, has been one of the leading companies in the production of wind electricity in the Balkans for a decade and today is the most important independent power producer (IPP) in the Serbian energy market.

MK Group will invest EUR 300 million in key business areas in the next three years, whereof EUR 85 million is designated for the second phase of the Košava Wind Farm.

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