Animal manure and organic waste from Danish Crown's slaughterhouse will supply 4,000 households with the most eco-friendly gas in the market.
Peter Sørensen, Mayor of Horsens, cut the ribbon for a new biogas plant on Wednesday, 10 September. Prior to the inauguration lie several years of intense work and dialogue with local and national authorities, landowners, suppliers as well as representatives from the local community. So this is truly a special day:
Klaus D. Johansen, CEO of Horsens Bioenergi, said:
"It's been four years since we initiated the work on this environmentally sound biogas plant. Now, the plant is a reality and the location is perfect. We've got a lot of farming and plenty of food industry in the neighbourhood, and we're close to the Danish natural gas grid. In this way, we can meet a political desire for upgrading of gas to the natural gas grid, and the plant is also the first in Denmark to be built as an outcome of the energy policy agreement in 2012. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's been involved in realising the vision of a new biogas plant near Horsens."
For DONG Energy, the inauguration represents yet another step in a strategic commitment to bio natural gas:
Lars S. Bentzen, Market Director at DONG Energy, said:
"DONG Energy is working to supply biogas to the natural gas grid. We call the upgraded biogas for bio natural gas, because there isn't a more environmentally friendly gas. Last week, we signed a 15-year agreement with Linkogas in the south of Denmark and today, we can be pleased that a good cooperation with Biogas Horsens is paying off. We have an increasing number of customers and climate partners demanding green gas, so the inauguration today documents that we're in the middle of a conversion of the natural gas grid to a system for storage and transport of renewable energy."
"Apart from the large positive environmental impact generated by the system, farmers in the area will in future be able to fertilise with an almost odourless manure which, at the same time, has a very high fertilising value. This is a win-win situation in every way not only for the environment, but also for the business sector."