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The first biomethane plant in Ukraine


JSC Chernihivgaz, which operates under the brand name of the Regional Gas Company (RGC), has completed the technical issues for the connection of the first biomethane plant in Ukraine to the Hals Agro LLC in the Chernihiv region, according to the Company.

The regional gas company ordered the production of gas equipment for the plant at one of the RGC Production plants. The capacity of the first stage of construction, which will be completed by the end of this year, will be 330 cubic meters of biomethane per hour.

Chernihivgaz, press release

According to RGK, the first phase of construction of gas networks involves the construction of a gas pipeline 800 m long, which will allow Hals Agro to transfer 330 cubic meters to gas distribution networks (GDM). m of biomethane per hour in winter. It is assumed that the connection will take place by the end of 2022.

This is the first project to connect a biomethane plant in Ukraine. We are ready to scale this experience in all regions where RGK is present. Our company has technical expertise and access to the technologies of leading manufacturers of gas equipment, as well as the experience of European gas-fired power plant operators who have been working with biomethane for many years.

Igor Gotsyk, head of the decarbonization department of RGC

As the company explained, in the future Hals Agro plans to increase the production of biomethane to 1.1 thousand cubic meters. m/h, and RGC and Chernihivgaz specialists will encircle the area of ​​operation of two adjacent gas distribution stations, building another 8 km of gas pipeline.

Then the biomethane plant will gain access to a larger number of consumers and will transfer biomethane to the network immediately through two timing systems. The work is planned to be completed by the beginning of the heating season of 2023/24,” – informed the RGC.

The design capacity of the installed equipment for cleaning biogas into biomethane is about 3 million cubic meters. m per year, which is enough for the local gas supply of 1,500 private households adjacent to the plant.

According to RGC, the gas regulation equipment and gas metering unit required for connection to the network are already manufactured at one of RGC Production’s modern plants. Nodes and components from leading manufacturers Pietro Fiorentini and Emerson, which have confirmed the quality of their equipment in working with biomethane in Europe and the world, will also be used.

As reported, timing operators operating under the RGC brand have simplified the connection of biomethane plants to gas distribution networks as much as possible and offer this service for UAH 1. Biomethane producers must finance the construction of external and internal gas networks and equipment.

Gas distribution networks in Ukraine are the most acceptable and promising for connecting biomethane plants. They are the most widespread in the territory of the country and have comparable system pressure with biomethane producers, which does not require the installation of additional equipment.

As of the beginning of June 2022, 26 companies that plan to produce a total of 206 million cubic meters have applied to “Operator GTS of Ukraine” LLC (OGTS). m of biomethane per year.

According to the estimates of experts of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, the volume of biomethane production in the country may reach 7.8 billion cubic meters per year.