Regional Gas Company and Gals Agro agricultural holding signed the contract to connect the biomethane plant in Chernihiv region to gas distribution networks. The first physical connection of biomethane plant capacities to gas distribution networks in Ukraine is scheduled for the beginning of the next year.
"Horodishche-Pustovarivska Agrarian Company" LLC, a member of Gals Agro agricultural holding, is the owner of a biogas plant located in Prylutsky district of Chernihiv region. In 2021, a decision was made to equip the plant with a production site for biogas purification to biomethane, which is a complete analogue of natural gas. The installed capacity of purification equipment is approximately 3 million cubic meters per year. It is equal to the consumption of approximately 1,500 private households. The start of biomethane production and its physical injection into gas distribution networks is scheduled for the beginning of the next year.
Currently, RGC experts together with Gals Agro and JSC Chernihivgas, scientific and expert institutions are developing technical solutions to connect the production facilities to gas distribution networks using the most advanced equipment by leading manufacturers such as Pietro Fiorentini and Emerson.
“Our company grows grain and energy crops, produces sugar, meat and milk, and is engaged in poultry farming and horticulture. Consequently, we have our own raw materials to produce biomethane, - says Serhii Kravchuk, Director General, Gals Agro. For a long time, we have been looking for ways to use livestock and crop production wastes not only to generate "green" electricity but to produce biomethane as well. Now, using RGC technical expertise, we are going to proceed with planning the production”.
At the moment, the biogas produced at the plant is used only to generate electricity to be sold at the "green tariff". In the future, part of the biogas will be purified into biomethane and pumped into the gas distribution networks in Chernihiv region. They are the most extensive networks and have a system operating pressure comparable to that of a biomethane module, which does not require the installation of additional equipment.
"Injecting biomethane into gas networks is an example of the so-called distributed power generation, when energy resources are neither extracted from the underground nor transported by gas pipelines, but are consumed right next to the production facilities. This approach implies fewer infrastructural risks and is very common in countries such as France, Germany, and Belgium," says Serhii Bondar, Chief Technical Officer, RGC.
At the end of 2021, RGC established a one-stop shop based on the "single window" approach, which businesses and investors can turn to for advice on connecting their facilities to the gas distribution networks.
We want to remind you that services for drafting technical terms and conditions, project approval, and physical connection of biomethane producers to the gas distribution networks are offered at a symbolic fee of one hryvnia. To get their facilities connected, biomethane producers shall only finance the construction of external and internal gas networks and purchase the necessary equipment.
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