Eesti Gaas will be the first in Estonia to sell biomethane in compressed natural gas stations
AS Eesti Gaas and Rohegaas OÜ made an agreement, according to which Eesti Gaas will buy approximately 11 million m³ of biomethane from Rohegaas OÜ in 2018 and 2019.
“I am very happy that we will start the sales of biomethane or the green gas in all our CNG stations,” said Raul Kotov, member of the board of AS Eesti Gaas. “At the moment, we have seven stations, another station will open on Tehnika street in Tallinn in the end of the year and we are planning to open sales points in Rakvere, Viljandi and Jõhvi next year,” Kotov said.
The sales of biomethane will be possible because in co-operation with the aspen pulp factory AS Estonian Cell, Rohegaas OÜ will open a biomethane production unit in Kunda, which will be the first of its kind in the Baltics. The mill will start working in the beginning of next year.
“Eesti Gaas takes environmental issues into account when making its business decisions. Estonia has undertaken an obligation to cover at least 10% of its use of liquid fuel in transportation with the fuel from renewable energy sources by the year 2020, third of which would be biomethane. Therefore, the sales of green gas, which is identical to natural gas in its composition but is produced entirely from renewable sources, is a logical decision for the future,” Kotov added.
Green gas or biomethane is produced from biogas. Biogas is a product of fermentation processes, which are a regular part of our environment, composed mainly of methane and carbon dioxide.