Denmark's Nature Energy has filed an application with the municipality of Kolding to set up a biogas plant. If the application is approved, the plant will be an investment of 200 million DKK ($33.2 million). Kolding municipality is in Region Syddanmark on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in southeast Denmark. The municipality has a total population of just over 87,000.
Nature Energy's Biogas Plant at Nordfyn (Nature Energy)
The project is expected to create more than 220 jobs during the construction phase and reduce CO 2 emissions. When the plant is in operation, it is expected to create over 70 permanent jobs within transportation, supply and service.
If the municipality of Kolding approves the application, the plant can convert 450,000 tonnes of organic waste to green biogas annually, thus contributing to the green change of the gas grid.
"For a long time, we have been working to build a biogas plant in the municipality of Kolding, and I am pleased that today we have submitted the application. It can be a good project that can make a significant contribution to the green change of the gas grid,” said Nature Energy CEO, Ole Hvelplund.
The plant is being established in cooperation with the supplier association, the Triangular Area Association for Biomass Owners.
“A biogas plant of that size will undoubtedly be beneficial to the climate, the environment and, not least, agriculture. We therefore hope that the municipality of Kolding will take a positive view of the application so that we can put the spade in the ground,” stated Nis Hjort, chairman of the Triangular Area Association for Biomass Owners.
If the application is approved, the company states it could create many benefits for the community.
"Biogas has been a declared goal in the municipality of Kolding for eight years, and now we are talking about all the gains. It provides a lot of jobs locally without bothering the villages and it is particularly positive for the climate,” said Mayor Jørn Pedersen, municipality of Kolding.
Nature Energy held a meeting with the neighbors of the biogas plant and have presented a concrete plan for how the transport to and from the plant will take place. Local and other interested parties may read more about this at www.natureenergy.dk/kolding
The plant is anticipated to produce 17.5 million. m³ biogas and send it into the gas grid where it will replace ordinary natural gas. It is enough, for example, to heat 10,000 households.