Gasum opens Turku biogas plant

The new plant in Topinoja opened today (12 November) and is the first in Finland to produce liquefied biogas for the transport, industrial and maritime sectors.

The plant will process around 130,000 tonnes of biomass a year, to produce around 60 GWh of liquefied biogas (LBG) a year, which equates to the annual fuel consumption of 125 heavy-duty vehicles or 5,000 cars. The plant will also produce around 4,000 tonnes of ammonia water for use as a recycled nutrient.

‘We’re one of the few companies in the Nordic countries to be able to provide industrial scale biogas production and distribution. Gasum is continuously investing in biogas plants and increasing the performance of our existing ones,’ said Johan Grön Vice President, Biogas, Gasum.

‘Demand for biogas is growing in all segments and we are constantly pursuing new opportunities to increase production capacity. We are investing in the development of our plants so that we can take the circular economy even further. Demand for recycled nutrients is also showing development in different industrial sectors. Our Turku plant is a superb example of the realization of the circular economy.

Gasum is boosting its biogas production capacity by expanding existing biogas plants, by building new ones and by increasing procurement of biogas from the production plants of other actors. The company highlights that it is pursuing cost-efficiency in biogas production and the use of new feedstocks suitable for biogas production.

In November, Gasum also acquired ownership of the Skövde biogas plant in Västergötland, Sweden. The plant has an annual production capacity of up to 40 GWh. Gasum has also started to apply for permits to expand the biogas plants in Kuopio, Oulu and Kouvola.

The Lohja biogas plant and the Viinikkala biowaste transfer station under construction in Finland, and the Nymölla biogas plant in Sweden will be completed by the start of 2021. Gasum also plans to build a new industrial scale 120 GWh biogas plant in Götene, Sweden by the beginning of 2023.

Gasum now has 15 biogas plants in Finland and Sweden, making the company one of the largest producers of biogas in the Nordics.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes