Ukraine: €27.5 millions to finance biogas facility

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv is to benefit from a multi-million investment that will profit a biogas combined heat and power (CHP).

In an announcement on 29 January the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it would loan the city up to €15 m for the project, which will be undertaken by municipality-owned water company Lvivvodokanal. The project is also supported by a €5 millions loan from NEFCO and an investment grant of up to €7.5 millions from E5P, of which the EU is the largest contributor. The bulk of the funding will go towards building a biogas facility, which will supply about 39,400 MWh of electricity annually, reducing the company’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Other environmental benefits for the city and the region will be achieved through the installation of grit chambers and a chemical precipitation plant, which are expected to improve overall wastewater treatment in Lviv and reduce the pollution discharged to the Poltva River. Lvivvodokanal, which operate a 1,000 kilometre network of water supply and treatment facilities, supply around 760,000 residential and industrial users.

A feasibility study and environmental due diligence, was provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

This article is a result of a partnership between ENDS Waste&Bionergy and EBA.

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