On 22 August, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä officially opened Biohauki Ltd.’s new biorefinery plant located in Haukivuori, Mikkeli.

Minister Jari Leppä (middle) participated in the official ribbon cutting and biorefinery opening ceremony.

Biogas plant in Haukivuori delivered by BioGTS is based on the plug-flow principle and biogas production is based on the dry anaerobic digestion technique. Biohauki Ltd.’s biogas plant has been already running for a few months. Biogas is upgraded to transportation fuel and organic fertilizers are generated from the agricultural residues. Farmers have been continuously bringing the feedstock to the biogas plant, and the first organic fertilizer loads have been already utilized by farmers. The production capacity of the biogas plant is about 8,000 t/y of agricultural residues.

As an end-product of Biohauki biogas plant, about 700,000 m3 of biogas is generated. It is further upgraded to transportation fuel. Besides, high quality organic fertilizers are produced for farming use. The biogas excess is utilized for district heating production.

”I would like to express my gratitude towards those people who have helped us to accomplish this great achievement, especially our partners, investors and BioGTS’s strong team, in particular”, thanked Mika Rautiainen, the CEO of BioGTS Ltd.

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Mika Rautiainen, the CEO of BioGTS Ltd, at the opening ceremony of Biohauki Ltd.’s biorefinery plant.

Biogas for transportation use is available at the Haukivuori refueling station and soon it will also be available in the connection with shopping mall Graani in Mikkeli. The number of biogas car owners tanking at the Biohauki refueling station has been surprisingly positive, Finnish biogas car owners have received the refueling station with a positive attitude, and even some of the foreign biogas car owners have been seen refueling their passenger cars at Biohauki. Also during the biorefinery opening ceremony, several visitors refilled their biogas cars with locally produced, emission-free fuel.

Paavo Pulkkinen is refilling his car with locally produced, emission-free biogas.