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Solör Bioenergi acquires Bollebygds district heat plant in Sweden

In Sweden, Solör Bioenergi Group has announced that it will take over the responsibility for district heating in Bollebygd through the acquisition of Bollebygds Fjärrvärme AB. The acquisition, which is part of Solör Bioenergi's investment in district heating, means that Solör is now responsible for the production and distribution of renewable heat to both municipal and private properties in Bollebygd.

In Sweden, Solör Bioenergi Group has acquired district heating company Bollebygds Fjärrvärme AB from MS Strand AB for an undisclosed amount. Magnus Strand (left) MS Strand; Jonas Sörensson, Solör Bioenergi, and Sven Strand, MS Strand inside the boiler room of the 2.5 MWth biomass-fired heat plant (photo courtesy Mattias Björlevik).

Sweden-headed Solör Bioenergi Group is a leading player in renewable energy based on biomass fuels with 156 500 daily users. The company has operations located in 141 locations, primarily in Sweden and Norway, where they produce and distribute district heating, steam and electricity to housing, companies, public operations, and industries.

The business also includes energy recovery from impregnated wood and biomass fuel production. By utilizing the forest’s resources, Solör wants to pave the way for a sustainable society with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

When MS Strand AB, the company that owned Bollebygds Fjärrvärme AB that has supplied district heating to the Bollebygdsborna since 2008 decided to divest the company, it was a natural fit for Solör Bioenergi’s growth strategy. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.

We have grown strongly in recent years and will continue in that direction. Solör is interested in continuing to grow by taking over and developing heating plants, said Jonas Sörensson, Manager Business Development, and Sales at Solör Bioenergi Värme.

Biomass-fired heat plant

We are pleased that Solör Bioenergi is taking over the business. The fact that they are an operator with a wide experience of operating district heating plants is something that we see as positive for our customers, said Magnus Strand at MS Strand AB.

The district heating plant produces about 7 GWh per annum and consists of two woodchip boilers with a combined capacity of 2.5 MW and an oil boiler used as a reserve and at temporary peaks. Heat is supplied from the plant to both municipal and private properties in Bollebygd.

We will continue to deliver stable heat with high quality and operate the plant in Bollebygd in the same spirit as MS Strand did. As Bollebygd grows, we are naturally interested in meeting the need for district heating and expanding our operations, said Jonas Sörensson.

Solör Bioenergi is already established in Western Sweden with facilities in, among others, Landvetter, Mölnlycke, and Svenljunga. For several years, Solör has also been responsible for supplying Flüger’s factory in Bollebygd with heating. The need for Flügger at the start of the project was to reduce its fossil footprint by reducing oil, which previously was the primary fuel.

At Solör Bioenergi we want to grow both through acquisitions and new bioenergy projects. Bollebygd is a successful example where we have done both parts and we hope for more of these, ended Jonas Sörensson.

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