February 8, 2013
The first biogas plant in Laos with a production capacity of 90 million normal cubic metres (Nm3), approximately at 175 million litres, of heavy fuel oil (HFO) has been opened this week.
Thai Biogas Energy Company (TBEC), a biogas developer in Thailand and Laos, have implemented the 130 million baht (about 33.8 billion kip) TBEC project for the Lao Indochina Group (LIG) Public Company. It is said to be the first industrial standard factory in Laos, which is able to treat waste water drained from the cassava flour factory of the company and transform it into energy.
The plant was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France via the Monetary Institute for European Development and the Energy and Environment Partnership Program (EEP).
“This is the first biogas plant that is able to supply fuel for local consumption. This plant proves LIG is able to comply with environmentally friendly and environment protection requirements,” said Managing Director of TBEC, Mr. Gustaf Godenhielm. He said that the factory will help reduce as much as 300,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year and 60,000 tonnes of CO2 on an annual basis.
“We will use energy produced by the biogas plant to replace the use of lignite for drying up flour. This will help us reduce company spending and natural resources,” said General Director of LIG, Mr. Sengmaly Sengvatthana.
The opening ceremony of the plant was held on 5 February, drawing Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Noulin Sinbandith, Vientiane Vice Mayor Anouphab Tunalom, and relevant officials.