Gasum’s next new biogas plant in Gotene, Sweden, received final construction permits at the end of January. For Gasum the Götene plant marks the beginning of a string of investments into new biogas production in accordance with the company’s new strategy.
After a careful and thorough planning and permit process, Gasum is starting the construction work on its latest biogas plant project in the Swedish community of Götene. The plant will be producing 120 gigawatt hours (GWh) worth of liquefied biogas or LBG per year from early 2025 onwards.
Biogas is a fully renewable and climate friendly fuel, as it is produced using different types of organic waste. The Götene plant will utilize mainly manure as feedstock from the agriculture sector in the surrounding area. The plant will process approximately 400 000 tons of feedstock yearly.
Manure is a feedstock that has the ability to turn biogas from a low-carbon to a carbon-negative fuel. It both lowers the greenhouse gas emissions when used, for example, in cars and trucks but also mitigates emissions generated by traditional treatment of manure, where it is simply spread out onto fields.
Recycled fertilizers to farms
In addition to energy, the plant will produce 350 000 tons of high quality environmentally friendly fertilizers, which are returned to the farmers providing the feedstock. Compared to fossil fertilizers, recycled fertilizers contain organic matter which is important in maintaining the growing conditions and weather resistance of farmlands.
Gasum is investing nearly 54 million euros in the Götene 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”, says Erik Woode, Head of Project Development & Execution at Gasum.
First of five large plants in Sweden
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.
Gasum is also planning a biogas plant near Trondheim in Norway. These upcoming projects are part of Gasum’s 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.
Natural gas, and its liquefied form LNG, continues to be an important stepping stone and a pathway to biogas and possibly synthetic methane use in the future. This is because the existing infrastructure built for LNG is directly usable for the transfer of LBG and synthetic methane.