Biogas plant opens in frontline Volnovakha this year

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The first biogas plant in Eastern Ukraine is set to open this year in Volnovakha, a government-controlled half-way town between Mariupol and occupied Donetsk.

Its construction started in late 2013 as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) granted a loan of €3.1 million and arranged another loan of €1.1 million for EcoProd AT, agri-business player based in Volnovakha.

In 2014, the war interrupted construction of the plant’s facilities in Volnovakha for a year. In late 2015, the company has resumed construction works and the project is nearing completion as early as this year. The plant’s first 1.5 MW biogas cogeneration facility is set to be launched. The soon-to-be plant will have the total capacity of 3 MW. 

The enterprise plans to manufacture 5,992,900 m³ of biogas and 45,000 t of liquid organic fertilizers. The plant will recycle 100 tons of cattle manure, silage and other agricultural waste every day. 

Biogas will be used to heat local buildings. Excess electricity generated by biogas will be sold to the grid by the feed-in tariff. It will be one of the first biogas plants in the country to sell generated electricity to the grid.

The project’s total cost is €5 million. The distance to the front line is just 20 km in Volnovakha, but that didn’t scare anybody.

Considered to be non-polluting in nature, biogas is a renewable energy source. It consists mostly of methane, carbon dioxide and a mix of trace gasses.

Video by Suspilne Oko.

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  • veth

    Well done, Ukraine.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Murf (above) may have a point…

      • Alex George

        Not really. It is (just) within reach of Russian artillery – so what?

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    It’s a small-scale project, but it means less natural gas will be needed, thus further reducing the country’s need for Dwarfstanian gas meaning fewer $$$ for Pedo Putolini’s war chest and offshore bank accounts.

  • Murf

    I am concerned about the proximity to the front line. 20kms is not a long distance for artillery.
    I hope they are not giving the Russians something new and shiny to shot at.
    Russians hate shiny things and You know how much they love to break them.

    • Tchitcherine

      Well, there is an obvious solution to that problem.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Putin gotta (Crimean) BRIDGE he can sell you …. wanna invest?

      Hmm… it was “insured” by NO NAME POSTAL BOX btw… because NO ONE was gonna “insure” — THAT!

      Couldn’t find a Westerner stupid enough…. Not even the Ruski wanted it either…

    • Alex George

      They do indeed, but on the other hand they must provide alternative sources of energy for the area – staying dependent on the Soviet-era power stations just cannot continue.

      And while 20 km is in range of some Russian artillery, they would need to bring that arty much closer to the frontline than they have been wont to do so far. It would create a real risk of being hit by Ukrainian CB, which has apparently improved since 2014.

  • zorbatheturk

    Burning dead RuSSians is another viable source of energy.

    • veth

      But nazzies smell awful.

      • zorbatheturk

        Dead or alive?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      They are being taken to Rostov oblast and cremated in the seven mobile crematoria there. All done in secret of course, the bodies are taken back in the trucks of the “humanitarian convoys”. A new “humanitarian convoy” is on its way to the Donbas now, meaning a new supply of guns and ammo for the Kolorads and a full load of dead Dwarfstanians as return cargo.
      Cremating bodies costs fuel, actually, unless done on a massive scale as in Sobibor and Treblinka for instance.

      • zorbatheturk

        They may still qualify for carbon credits as a renewable resource.