New biogas facility comes on stream in Brest

A new facility in Brest has started producing biogas from municipal waste and sewage sludge, Alexander Delesevich director general of the Brest city housing and utilities company .

According to him, biogas was produced during the start-up and commissioning works. Currently the work is underway to commission the first startup complex – a mechanical-biological plant which can process 370,000 cubic meters of sludge and sewage sludge with the use of the technology by LINDE-KCA-DRESDEN GmbH (Germany).

Construction of the plant to recycle solid domestic waste and sewage sludge is a pilot project for Belarus and is implemented in line with the decree of the President of Belarus. The Brest city housing and utilities company acts as the customer and STRABAG Umweltanlagen GmbH (Germany) as a general contractor.

According to the business plan, the construction cost of the first and second startup complexes is €63.3 million (without customs duties, VAT, and with engineering facilities included). The project is designed to run for two years and includes a plant to process 370,000 cubic meters of sewage sludge and a mechanical and biological plant to process 100,000 tonnes of solid waste per year.

The capacity of the plant is around 8 million cubic meters of biogas per year, including that of the first startup complex – 2.8 million cubic meters per year. The plant is expected to produce 17.2 million kWh of electrical energy from biogas per year and 14,700 gigacalories of heating energy per year.

This project will enable Brest to launch virtually non-waste recycling of municipal waste and sewage. The process of recycling, including the sorting of secondary raw materials, involves the production of alternative fuel, the so-called calorific fraction. Design and construction of the first startup complex and engineering and transport infrastructure are funded from the national budget. The second startup complex will be financed from the national budget (50%) and the budget of Brest Oblast (50%).

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