Alternative gas energy
Major bio-gas facility being realised in Belarus, fuelled by organic waste from animal breeding and processing farms, including herbage and food waste.
The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Igor Kochanovsky, tells us that Finnish investors have made the proposal. Finland operates a few such bio-gas facilities, processing production waste. The plant would solve the problems of several districts, as he explains, saying, “We’re currently looking for suitable sites, well placed to ensure that transportation of organic waste is feasible. We’ve distributed this information across all Belarusian regions and, after the Finnish experts arrive, we’ll join the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services in visiting potential land plots.”
He notes that Belarus could save around 90 percent of current gas usage by operating such plants, lacking its own natural deposits. “Our people have become used to gas so it would be problematic to shift to local fuels but, in this case, we can produce our own gas for general supply. Our communal machinery could use it and it could also supply gas-fuelling stations. Europe is already growing herbage for this purpose, while Belarus has it in great quantities. We simply need to use it wisely,” adds Mr. Kochanovsky.
By Veronika Artemieva