The Croatian company Fermopromet opened a 2 MW biogas power plant outside the town of Bačka Topola in Vojvodina in the presence of Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Aleksandar Antić. The electricity production facility will produce power using byproducts from the company’s own agricultural production and waste generated by local industrial facilities.
Serbian media reported Antić as saying that the planned annual power production of the plant is 16,000 MWh of electricity for local consumers in the area.
The Fermopromet group has invested some EUR 7 million to set up the plant in the village of Stara Moravica outside Bačka Topola.
Antić told the opening ceremony that the biogas power plant, which operates as part of Fermopromet’s PIK Moravica company, is the best example of how agriculture and energy production can be combined in one place. The Minister called farmers and agriculture companies to follow the example set by Fermopromet in linking farming and power production.
He recalled that power production will now be added to the production of grains and meat at PIK Moravica in a way which will have no negative effects on the environment adding that the government will continue supporting projects that raise the level of power from renewable sources. “I believe the support we have provided through legal frameworks and stimulative prices for electricity was sufficient”, the Minsiter said.
Vladan Divjak, manager of Fermopromet’s biogas power plant said byproducts from local farms and waste generated by local industrial facilities will be used to produce electricity.
The high-quality fertilizer created as a byproduct of the biogas plant will be used in farming, Divjak said and added that the plant helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Fermopromet owner Hubert Kišpalo said the power plant is an important project which will help preserve the environment. The Croatian company’s main area of operation is agricultural production and cattle farming.