Gasum, a Nordic gas sector and energy market expert, is taking a significant step in expanding its biogas infrastructure with a decision to invest over 62 million euros in a new biogas plant in Borlänge, Sweden. This move is part of Gasum’s strategic plan to construct five large-scale biogas plants in Sweden, contributing to the company’s goal of significantly increasing Nordic biogas availability in the coming years.
The Borlänge biogas plant, supported by a 15 million euros subsidy from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Klimatklivet investment program, is set to commence construction in spring 2024. The facility will utilize a feedstock mixture of regionally sourced organic household waste and manure to produce 133 gigawatt hours (GWh) of liquefied biogas (LBG) annually starting from 2026.
Biogas, a renewable and climate-friendly fuel derived from various organic waste sources, holds immense potential for applications in shipping, road transport (including heavy-duty vehicles), and industrial use. In its liquefied form, biogas can reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 90 percent compared to traditional fuels.
The Borlänge plant will process a total of 270,000 tons of feedstock per year, with Gasum’s local partner Borlänge Energi responsible for collecting and processing household waste, and manure sourced from local farmers in the Borlänge area. In addition to LBG production, the plant will also yield 250,000 tons of high-quality environmentally friendly fertilizers annually, contributing to sustainable farming practices.
Erik Woode, Head of Production at Gasum, emphasizes “the strategic significance of the Borlänge plant, noting its role as the northernmost in Gasum’s Swedish biogas plant network. This investment aligns with Gasum’s overarching goal to ramp up biogas production to two terawatt hours (TWh) annually by 2027.”
The Borlänge project follows the construction of Gasum’s first plant in Götene, which began in February 2023 and is slated to start biogas production by the end of 2024. The remaining three plants are planned for Kalmar, Sjöbo, and Hörby in Sweden, with an additional biogas plant in the pipeline near Trondheim, Norway.
These ventures are integral to Gasum’s renewed strategy, aiming to heavily invest in Nordic biogas availability in the coming years. Gasum’s ambitious goal is to introduce seven terawatt hours (7 TWh) of renewable gas to the market yearly by 2027, resulting in a substantial reduction of 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions for Gasum’s customers.
Gasum, with its expertise in the Nordic gas sector, not only provides cleaner energy and energy market services but also offers sustainable fuel solutions for both road and maritime transport. Collaborating with partners, Gasum actively contributes to the development of a carbon-neutral future on land and at sea.