Swedish bioenergy projects nab EUR 90m in NER300 EU financing
Dec 19, 2012 - Two Swedish bioenergy projects received over EUR 90 million (USD 119m) funding from the European Commission (EC) as part of a EUR-1.2-billion package destined for 23 innovative green energy demonstration projects, the EC said Tuesday.
The funds are being allocated under the first call for proposals (CFP) of EC's NER300 funding programme.
A total of EUR 58.8 million of EU funds will be invested in the second phase of the development of the Gothenburg Biofuels Gasification (GoBiGas) research and development (R&D) project to be managed by Swedish energy company Goteborg Energi AB and developed by its subsidiary GoBiGas AB. The project is aimed at building a plant to produce biogas via the gasification of biofuel and waste from forestry.
The first phase of the project, which is being developed in Rya Harbour next to the Rya heating plant, is expected to be completed in 2013, while the second phase is planned for completion in 2016. The planned capacity of phase 1 is 20 MW, while phase 2 will have a capacity of between 80 MW and 100 MW. It will process some 500,000 tonnes of wet biomass to produce 800 GWh of synthetic natural gas annually.
The second Swedish project to receive EUR 31.4 million in NER300 financing is the Pyrogrot bioenergy project, developed by paper and pulp company BillerudKorsnas AB (STO:BILL). The plant is designed to produce 160,000 tonnes of bio-oil annually from forest residues. The facility would be located at Billerud's Skaerblacka mill in Sweden and would have an estimated annual energy output of 750 GWh. It would be able to process some 720 tonnes of dry biomass daily.
Sweden’s 225-MW Vindpark Blaiken will also receive EUR 15 million in NER300 funding. The wind farm will comprise 90 specially designed turbines with de-icing systems featuring heating elements in the leading blade edges. The project which will be built in three phases over a period of three years.
The NER300 programme, implemented by the EC with the cooperation of the European Investment Bank, is funded from the sale of 300 million emissions allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System's new entrants reserve (NER). The funds for the first CFP came from the sale of 200 million emission allowances, while the sale of the remaining 100 million allowances will be awarded to projects selected in the second CFP round.