June 14 (Renewables Now) - The Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey is to produce electricity for its rail system from biogas, Milliyet reported on Tuesday, citing the mayor, Fatma Sahin.
The produced electricity is estimated to satisfy 60% of the electricity needs of the municipality's rail system. The construction of the biogas power plant is in progress and completion is expected in August 2018. It is to start producing electricity after a trial period of one to two months.
The facility is to produce biogas for electricity generation from animal waste, with TRY 13 million (USD 3.7m/EUR 3.3m) to be spent on it. The municipality held a tender and selected the developer for the project, but its name was not disclosed. Before to start of the project, the municipality studied the project for over a year and struck agreements with local farmers for the supply of feedstock.
Animal waste, especially the volumes left behind poultry, appears to be a problem for local farmers, so the biogas power plant will offer a kind of recycling service. It will also produce liquid fertilizer as a by-product and it will be offered to local farmers.
Gaziantep has also ventured into solar and wind in line with a plan to tap the regional renewable energy potential.
(TRY 10 = USD 2.84/EUR 2.53)