Mustankorkea Oy is building Central Finland ‘s largest biogas plant based on dry process technology at the Mustankorkea waste handling center. The biogas’s plant foundation stone was laid today, Thursday. During the ceremony, speeches were made by dignitaries including the deputy speaker of parliament, MP Mauri Pekkarinen, Mayor of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto, the CEO of BioGTS Mika Rautiainen and the CEO of Mustankorkea Esko Martikainen.

BioGTS Project Manager Kauko Isomöttönen handling a trowel at the Mustankorkea biogas plant foundation stone laying ceremony.
BioGTS Project Manager Kauko Isomöttönen handling a trowel at the Mustankorkea biogas plant foundation stone laying ceremony.

“The construction of this biogas plant will increase biological waste processing capacity and will allow for the large-scale production of biogas transportation fuel,” says Mustankorkea CEO Esko Martikainen. The Mustankorkea biogas plant will be completed in the summer of 2017 and construction has already entered the foundation phase. “Once complete, the biogas plant will process 19 000 tons of waste material per year. The biogas plant will produce approximately 15 000 MWh of biogas and about 10 000 tons of digestate, which through composting and processing will be refined into soil products and fertilizers,” says Martikainen.

The biogas plant and the environmentally friendly biomethane it produces support Central Finland’s goals of becoming a bio-economy leader and a renewable energy pioneer in the use of biofuels. The utilization of biogas by companies, municipalities and consumers has become commonplace throughout the province. The construction of the plant will provide employment of about 1 500 person-days, and throughout its operations the facility will indirectly employ, for example, logistics, gas distribution and maintenance services. “The benefits from the use of domestic, renewable fuel remain localized in Central Finland. The raw materials are sourced locally, the transportation is handled within the province and the end and byproducts are used within our region,” says Martikainen.

The local cooperation is also evident in the construction of the plant. The biogas plant designer and developer is Jyväskylä-based BioGTS Oy, whose primary product is next-generation biogas plants. BioGTS’s design is notable for its modular nature which allows for the expansion of the plant according to waste volumes and the province’s needs. “Construction has progressed according to schedule. Throughout the summer we focused on groundworks and laying the foundation. Also, the reactors have been built and are ready for installation, “says BioGTS’s President & CEO Mika Rautiainen. “Next, we will start the work on frame and the roof as well as the reactor moorings and drainage. The construction crew at the site currently consists of 15 construction industry professionals,” elaborates Rautiainen.

The construction of the Mustankorkea biogas plant has progressed to the foundation phase. Photo: Piia Aho / Mustankorkea
The construction of the Mustankorkea biogas plant has progressed to the foundation phase. Photo: Piia Aho / Mustankorkea