Gasum starts building new biogas plant in Sweden
With final construction permits in place, Nordic energy company Gasum is starting the construction work on its latest biogas plant in Götene, Sweden, as the first in a line of strategic investments into increasing biogas availability.
According to Gasum, the new plant will be producing 120 gigawatt hours (GWh) worth of liquefied biogas (LBG) per year from early 2025 onwards.
The company said that the Götene plant will utilise mainly manure as feedstock from the agriculture sector in the surrounding area, processing approximately 400,000 tons of feedstock yearly. In addition to energy, the plant will produce 350,000 tons of environmentally friendly fertilizers, which are returned to the farmers providing the feedstock.
As disclosed, Gasum is investing nearly €54 million in the plant, of which €15 million has been provided as a grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Klimatklivet investment program.
“We are extremely happy to be proceeding with this project in Götene, because in the last couple of years, we have seen interest in biogas intensify in the Nordic countries as well as across the whole of Europe. The Götene biogas plant will be the first step in Gasum’s ambitious plan for increasing the availability of renewable energy to our customers whether they are in the traffic, industry or maritime segment”, said Erik Woode, Head of Project Development & Execution at Gasum.
The Götene plant is the first one in a series of five large-scale biogas plants that Gasum plans to construct in Sweden during the next few years. The other locations will be Borlänge, Kalmar, Sjöbo, and Hörby.
The company is also working on a biogas plant near Trondheim in Norway as part of its renewed strategy to invest strongly in increasing Nordic biogas availability in the coming years.
Gasum’s strategic goal is that by 2027 a significant portion of its profits will come from green energy sources. This means increasing the role of biogas and trade in renewable electricity.