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UNDP Serbia Resident Representative Visited a CHP Plant in Botoš

UNDP Serbia Resident Representative Visited a CHP Plant in Botoš

Francine Pickup, who has recently assumed duties as the UNDP Serbia Resident Representative, visited a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Botoš, near City of Zrenjanin on 9 August, 2019. The plant is owned by “Biolektra” company. The construction of the plant was supported by a grant awarded through a public call announced in 2015 by the Ministry of Mining and Energy in cooperation with UNDP.

Grants were provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP Project “Reducing Barriers to Accelerate the Development of Biomass Markets in Serbia”. In this case, the total value of grant was 15% of the investment value of the plant, or $ 275,000. The plant has 0.6 MW of electrical and 0.6 MW of thermal power installed. The total value of investment in this plant is $ 2.37 million.

UNDP Resident Representative has visited the plant, accompanied by the company owners, Branislav and Zoran Pomoriški, who have explained all the details of the technological process, from feedstock collection and storage, through biomass processing and fermentation, to the biogas combustion in engines and heat and power production. Having visited the plant, the UNDP Resident Representative has talked to the management of the company, who have informed her about the construction process, problems and barriers they encountered and the importance of such facilities for the local and wider community. It has particularly been emphasised that such facilities make a significant contribution to the local economy and employment, to the quality of local electricity distribution and to the reduction of negative environmental impacts, primarily through the use of renewable energy sources and the reduction of pollution caused by agricultural and food processing waste.

After visiting the biogas plant in Botoš, the UNDP Resident Representative has met with Lidija Carević and Goran Knezević, representatives of the Biogas Association, as well as with Ivan Radović, a representative of the Forkom company from Belgrade. Representatives of the Association have informed the UNDP Resident Representative about the mission and goals, the ongoing activities and further plans of the Association. In their presentation, they have stressed the importance of UNDP support for the development of this sector in Serbia. Representative of Forkom company and the owner of a biogas CHP plant in Aleksinac  whose construction was also supported by $ 222,000 through the UNDP project, has informed the Resident Representative of specific issues that the company had in the process of construction and commissioning of the plant, as well as of multiple benefits that this plant has brought to the devastated village of Gornje Suhotno.