20 July 2010 – Powered by manure from 4000 cows and a GE Jenbacher gas engine, the first biogas cogeneration plant in the Ukraine has completed nine months of successful operation at the Ukrainian Milk Company, located near Kiev.
The excess power produced at the plant is being sold to the grid. The Ukrainian Milk Company, which produces milk for baby nutrition products, received the license for selling power to the grid based on the ‘green’ tariff, which is being approved by Ukraine authorities.
The CHP plant is powered by a GE JMC 312 containerized cogeneration model gas engine and is able to substitute the equivalent of 1.2 million m3 of natural gas annually.
The installation is projected to prevent the emission of 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the same period. Once converted into biogas, the manure from the cows produces 625 kW of electricity and 686 kW of heat energy.
The initial periods of operation for the plant took place during the most severe winter in the last 20 years, with constant below-zero temperatures, which reached reaching -30°C at times. Despite the low temperatures, GE says that the operation of the plant remained at a favourable level.
This is GE’s first order from the biogas plant construction company ZORG. The unit was sold to ZORG through GE’s distributor and service provider in the Ukraine, SINAPSE.