One of the largest agricultural producers in Ukraine is to cut 24,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from one of its facilities by installing an onsite biogas cogeneration plant.

The plant at the Novomirgorodsky Sugar facility will be the first biogas project for I&U Group and is being financed through a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Clean Technology Fund.  

It is under a Ukraine programme to help the country’s agricultural industry develop renewable energy production from biowaste and is aligned with the Ukraine National Renewable Energy Action Plan,  which aims to diversify the energy mix and strengthen production of renewables.

The plant will run on Jenbacher gas engines and is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year, when it will be eligible for a Ukrainian government feed-in tariff scheme for electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

The gas engines are being supplied by Austria’s INNIO via its partner KTS Engineering. Pavel Savenko of KTS said that biogas “is not only a great source of renewable energy, but it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides a solution to address the disposal of waste from livestock farms”.

INNIO’s fuel-flexible Jenbacher J420 biogas engines will have a total capacity of 6 MW and are able to produce power and heat from biogas from beetroot pulp, corn silage, chicken droppings and animal dung.

The new plant will also be equipped with INNIO’s myPlant Asset Performance Management solution, enabling around-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnostics of equipment.

National power company Ukrenergo forecasts that renewable energy in Ukraine will double from last year’s 1.5 GW to 3 GW by the end of this year.
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