INNIO announced that it will supply four Jenbacher biogas cogeneration units for a new zero-waste biogas plant of the Ukrainian agroholding I&U Group. The project is expected to result in a total reduction of 24,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually for I&U Group, one of the largest agricultural producers in the Ukraine.

The first I&U Group biogas plant powered by Jenbacher gas engines, the facility is expected to be commissioned by fourth quarter. Upon commissioning, the new biogas plant will be eligible for the “Green Tariff” — a Ukrainian government feed-in tariff scheme for electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

With the Ukraine’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan focusing on diversifying the energy mix and strengthening production of renewables by 2020 and through 2030, projects based on biogas will help to achieve these goals. The project is being financed through a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Clean Technology Fund. It is under a program founded to help the agricultural industry of the Ukraine develop renewable energy production from biowaste.

“Our major focus is high-end service and maintenance, enabling biogas operators to increase the efficiency of our customers’ investments,” said Pavel Savenko, shareholder, KTS Engineering, INNIO’s authorized channel partner for Jenbacher gas engines in the Ukraine since 2003. “We are proud to offer reliable, economical and sustainable power generation solutions from INNIO, near or at the point of use, to the Ukrainian agricultural industry.

“Biogas is not only a great source of renewable energy, but it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides a solution to address the disposal of waste from livestock farms.”

INNIO’s fuel-flexible Jenbacher J420 biogas engines — which will be installed at the Novomirgorodsky Sugar facility owned by I&U Group in the Kirovohrad region — will have a total capacity of 6 MW and the project includes equipment installation, startup and further maintenance for the new plant. The Jenbacher gas engines are able to produce power and heat from biogas from beetroot pulp, corn silage, chicken droppings and animal dung.

The new combined heat and power plant will be equipped with INNIO’s myPlant Asset Performance Management solution, enabling around-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnostics of equipment operation designed to allow I&U Group to reduce downtime and costs moving from a reactive maintenance schedule to a condition-based maintenance approach.

The Ukraine is the pilot country for INNIO’s biogas projects in Russia/CIS, with the first power plant in the region based on a Jenbacher J312 gas engine commissioned in 2009. That plant has a total capacity of 625 kW. It is also home to one of the world’s biggest biogas plant designed and erected by Zorg Biogas AG, located in Teofipol, Khmelnitsky Region, based on 18 of INNIO’s Jenbacher Type 4 units — 15 J420 units and three J416s, with a total electrical output of 26.1 MW. Eleven of the engines are commissioned, with seven units in production for delivery in the second and third quarters of this year.

“We help companies in a wide variety of industries—such as utilities, oil and gas, food and beverage, commercial buildings, data centers and agriculture—provide reliable, economical and sustainable power to their customers,” said Carlos Lange, president and CEO at INNIO. “With the support of KTS Engineering, INNIO has succeeded in meeting customer needs in the Ukraine by supplying 40 biogas and landfill gas containerized Jenbacher gas engines in the last three years alone.”