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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