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New biogas plant in Belarus to turn waste into energy

December 4, 2017

A new biogas plant has begun operating in Baranovichi, a city in western Belarus with a population of more than 170,000 people. The biogas plant, which complies with EU regulations, will generate 4,380 MWh of electricity and 3,880 Gcal of heat per year from biogas extracted from sewage sludge. It is expected that the plant will achieve significant energy and cost savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the volume of sludge, as well as improving the quality of services.

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided a €2.9 million sovereign loan for the construction of the facility, supplemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The promotion of renewables in Belarus is important for improving the country’s energy security. In total, the EBRD, Sida and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership, financed by the European Union and international donors, are providing €27.2 million to three municipalities in Belarus: Baranovichi, Vitebsk and Slonim, for the improvement of environmental infrastructure and wastewater services.

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