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Geminor begins beetle-kill biomass shipments from Germany to Denmark

Norway-headed biomass and waste-derived fuel suppliers Geminor AS has announced that it has signed its first German biomass contract for the delivery of 2 000 tonnes of German woodchips to Denmark. The volumes will be delivered to Danish off-taker Bredebro Varmeværk between November and April/May 2021.

Geminor AS has signed its first German biomass contract for the delivery of 2 000 tonnes of German woodchips made from beetle-kill wood to Denmark. The volumes will be delivered to Danish off-taker Bredebro Varmeværk between November and April/May 2021 (photo courtesy Geminor).

According to Geminor, woodchips based on German timber is in great surplus due to the ravages of the spruce bark beetle in German forests.

The warm and dry summers in recent years have led to a perfect climate for the bark beetle, which has infected pine and spruce trees in Germany. Fortunately, the damaged logs can be used for the production of woodchips, which now becomes biomass fuel. The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) compliant chips made from logs and forest wood constitutes a new biomass export for Geminor. We started with test loads in June and have delivered around 300 tonnes over the summertime, but from November we are ready to fully commence the export of 2 000 tonnes to the Danish market, explained Manfred Rissmann, Account and Development Manager at Geminor.

Leverage synergies

Geminor Country Manager in Denmark, Kasper Thomsen, has been following the Danish biomass market for a while and sees big potential in the import of biomass to Denmark.

A number of Danish off-takers have heat and energy recovery plants running on biomass fuel in addition to their waste fuel incineration facilities. This is an interesting market for us, also because of the synergies we find in multiple fuel imports. There are advantages related to logistics, the consistency in delivery, and the effect on prices. Biomass is a natural part of our portfolio, and our plan is to establish ourselves on the Danish biomass market and become a steady supplier for Danish district heating plants, said Kasper Thomsen.

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