The inauguration of the biogas plant of Haminan Energia was held on Monday, 25.4. in Virolahti in cool spring weather. The event was attended by more than a few hundred people interested in the biogas plant. People had come to the inauguration of the Virolahti biogas plant from as far away as Rovaniemi. There were plenty of people amongst the spectators who were genuinely interested in biogas and biogas motoring, as well as local residents.

The opening ceremony of the biogas plant delivered by BioGTS brought more than 200 people to Virolahti.
The opening ceremony of the biogas plant delivered by BioGTS brought more than 200 people to Virolahti.

The program of the opening day included ceremonial speeches and guided presentation tours at the biogas plant delivered by BioGTS.

One invited guest of the event was the former U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Bruce Oreck. His message to the audience at the opening ceremony was how it’s possible to change the world with the right actions. According to Oreck, the significance of projects and research work is great, but concrete actions, such as biogas plant building projects, are things through which the consumption of fossil fuels can really be reduced. These kinds of actions are, according to Oreck, essential in the long term for the survival of mankind.

The Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Juha Rehula, who spoke at the opening ceremony, saw the keys to sustainable economic growth in the development of the bioeconomy and also for finding solutions to the big challenges facing the Earth.

“The message of Sipilä’s Government is that this will not be the last biogas plant inauguration,” said Minister Rehula in his optimistic opening speech. The Minister gave recognition to Haminan Energia for investing in the emissionless production of energy and, above all, for the courage to act as a pioneer in utilizing new technologies that support sustainable development.

The CEO of Haminan Energia Corp, Timo Toikka, thanked BioGTS for the successful plant delivery in his opening speech. Toikka sees the inaugurated biogas plant as a visible example of the real recycling economy. According to Toikka, due to the long-term implementation of the project, both the location of the plant and the technology chosen for the biogas plant have been refined along the way to be the best possible.

“A very great positive surprise has been the attractiveness of the plant from the point of view of farmers, and it’s exactly for this reason that the plant is being expanded,” said Toikka, justifying the decision to expand the biogas plant.

BioGTS’s Director of Development, Annimari Lehtomäki, and CEO, Mika Rautiainen, presented the Virolahti biogas plant to Minister Juha Rehula, and former Ambassador Bruce Oreck.
BioGTS’s Director of Development, Annimari Lehtomäki, and CEO, Mika Rautiainen, presented the Virolahti biogas plant to Minister Juha Rehula, and former Ambassador Bruce Oreck.