Finland regions

Finland to source transport fuel from manure and other by-products –

Finnish dairy producer Valio and energy company St1 are launching a biogas plant to produce renewable transportation fuel in a bid to find new energy sources and improve the country’s self-sufficiency.

The joint venture project called Suomen Lantakaasu will include eight to ten facilities, making it the largest biogas liquefaction and biogas plant in the Nordic region, the press release said.

The first plant will go into production in 2026 and the entire project will be completed by 2030.

The project plans to use some 330 farms. The plant’s annual production capacity, estimated at 125 gigawatt hours, would equate to around 12 million liters of diesel, Valio’s carbon neutral program manager Juha Nousiainen told YLE in an interview. This would be enough to supply 300 trucks annually.

The plan reflects REPowerEU, a joint European action that the European Commission launched on March 8 for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy. Its intention is to make Europe independent of Russian fossil fuels well before 2030 and to accelerate the green transition.

The Valio-St1 project is also environmentally friendly, as the plant in eastern Finland would reduce carbon emissions from transport and agriculture by 71,000 tonnes each year.