The construction of Denmark’s largest biogas plant for the dairy cooperative Arla began when the first sod was cut on Friday 25 August in the Danish town of Videbæk.
NGF Nature Energy and Xergi, together with 65 farmers from the local area that will build the plant for Arla. While gas from Nature Energy’s other plants are sent to the country-wide gas distribution grid, the gas from Videbæk will be transported directly via a pipeline to Arla’s production facilities in Videbæk.
The plant will allow Arla to replace the 70% of the natural gas now used in its production at Videbæk and thereby fulfil its targets for the use of renewable energy in overall production.
-We have an ambitious target that 50% of the energy used in our production should come from renewable sources. The biogas plant at Videbæk is a concrete example of us taking action on our commitments. We’re looking forward to replacing natural gas with even more green gas by the end of 2018, says Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President of CSR at Arla.
The biogas plant will annually treat 600,000 tonnes of biomass from farming as well as remains from Arla’s whey production. This will be turned into 27.5 million cubic meters of biogas. The plant will reduce CO2 emissions by 32,000 tonnes annually.
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The biogas plant will employ up to 100 staff during the construction phase and 15 once the plant is up and running by the end of 2018. Construction of the plant is estimated to cost EUR 31 million.
–Source: Energy Supply Denmark