Green Energy in Ukraine Keeps on Blooming
A biogas station for electricity production was established at the largest solid-waste landfill in Mariupol. Over the next several years, waste from the landfill will be used to provide residents with power
The TIS Eco company constructed a biogas station for electricity production at Mariupol’s largest solid-waste landfill. For the next several years, residents will be able to get their energy by burning up their landfill. Afterward, they’ll be able to reclaim the landfill and use it for farming.
“Well, this yellow pipe is a gas pipe,” TIS Eco Engineer Valeriy Zamykula said, demonstrating how the biogas station works. “It receives gas from the landfill and transports it further into the engine. This is an internal combustion engine with 20 cylinders and a capacity of more than 2,500 horsepower.”
The gas from the Primorsky Solid Waste Landfill is transported to a collection point, moved to a gas compressor station, and finally to an electric current generator.
It’s expected that the station will be able to generate 10 million kilowatt-hours per year and geologists say that the current amount of biogas at the Primorsky Solid Waste Landfill will be sufficient to last around 15 years.
The company has been working on projects for biogas production, collection, and energy use in Mariupol for a decade. In the beginning, it was only the second company in the country to do so.
“First, according to the Kyoto Protocol, we began to extract gas at the Primorsky Landfill. Starting in 2012, we began to generate electricity under the green tariff, and in 2017 we started negotiating here and investing even more funds,” TIS Eco Director Andriy Ozeranskyi said.
The launch of the station required laying more than 4 kilometers of pipes in the most productive sections of the landfill. That is – the sites with the most organic debris – and therefore gas. Then, they drilled wells to a depth of 25 meters. It took several years. They never gave up though, not even when militants were firing at Mariupol.
“At that time, when the leadership of the company made this decision, there were a lot of explosions. They could be heard on the left bank. We are grateful that they were not afraid to invest €2 million. It was the period when not everyone was willing to come to Mariupol,” Mariupol Deputy Mayor Mykhailo Kohut said.
The station will have enough power to provide electricity to 4,000 apartments. In addition, the overall number of hazardous toxic substances will be reduced in the city, and the landfill will be reclaimed.