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BioGTS to build biogas plant in Mikkeli

Finland-based biogas and biodiesel technology suppliers BioGTS Oy has been awarded a contract by Biosairila Oy for the delivery of a biogas and upgrading plant to the City of Mikkeli in Eastern Finland. The plant will utilize municipal and agricultural biomass for the production of biogas and fertilizer products. The biogas will be upgraded to biomethane and mainly utilized and sold as a transportation fuel.

An artist rendering of Biosairila biogas and upgrading plant to be built at the Metsäsairila waste management centre and composting plant in Mikkeli (illustration courtesy BioGTS). An artist rendering of Biosairila biogas and upgrading plant to be built at the Metsäsairila waste management centre and composting plant in Mikkeli (illustration courtesy BioGTS).

According to a statement, the plant will be built at the Metsäsairila waste management company’s site in Mikkeli, Finland. The production of vehicle-grade biomethane by Biosairila Oy will offer an opportunity for car owners to switch to fossil fuel-free driving in the Mikkeli region.

The biomethane refueling network will expand already during autumn 2017, once Biosairila opens the biogas refueling station by the Granni shopping mall in Mikkeli. The biomethane for the refueling station will initially be supplied BioHauki Oy from its plant in Haukivuori. Also supplied by BioGTS, this plant has recently been commissioned.

Currently, the Metsäsairila waste management center treats biowaste and sewage sludge at the composting plant, producing soil improvement products utilized in landscaping. In the future, the best value from organic waste will be generated by the production of vehicle-grade biomethane and, in addition, residues will be processed into valuable recycled nutrients. The addition of biogas production and upgrading enables the use of landfill gas (LFG) in the production biomethane.

At full capacity, the output of the plant will correspond to the annual fuel consumption of approximately 1 400 passenger cars. The construction works at the site are to begin during autumn 2017 with the plant scheduled to be operational at the beginning of 2019. The total investment is approximately EUR 9.7 million which includes an EUR 3.4 million investment grant from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland.

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