Palu City and Swedish company signed a biogas plant contract

On Jan 9, an Indonesian city of Palu has signed a contract with Biogas Systems AB on the renewable energy project.

Palu City, represented by the Vice Mayor of Palu, Mr. Andy M. Tombolotutu, and Biogas Systems AB of Sweden, represented by the CEO Mr. Tony Zetterfeldt, signed a contract on biogas plant on January 9, 2013 at the Swedish Residence in Jakarta.

The biogas plant will be installed at Kawatuna Landfill in Palu, and will convert methane gases into electricity. This project was identified as a result of waste-to-value cooperation between Palu City and Borås City, which is a part of a broader Indonesian-Swedish sustainable city (SymbioCity) cooperation between Palu and Borås.

Biogas Systems AB, the supplier of the gas plant, is one of the specialists in the field of biogas in Sweden. It develops solutions that make use of gas from landfill sites, and uses independently developed technology to convert environmentally harmful gases into green energy for the generation of heat and electricity.

The municipality company of Borås, Borås Energy and Environment (Borås Energi och Miljö) is the supervisor of the knowledge transfer in this project.

During the occasion, Mr. Tombolotutu expressed his sincere appreciation of the good cooperation between Palu and Sweden in the field of waste management, and conveyed that this project was an important step towards the realization of Palu’s vision “Green and Clean City”.

Mr. Zetterfeldt stressed the uniqueness of Biogas Systems’ solutions, that is to adapt the solutions to local context and consequently, parts of the plant in Palu would be sourced locally whenever possible. Mr. Zetterfeldt also expressed his appreciation and enthusiasm of introducing Biogas Systems’ solution to Indonesia, the first country in Asia that Biogas Systems set foot on. Biogas Systems is at present active in Scandinavia, Europe and North Africa.

This project is made possible by a DemoEnvironment demonstration project facility for export of Swedish technology awarded through Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) with funding from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). Palu City also contributes financially to the construction of the biogas plant.

The signing was witnessed by representatives from City of Palu, Indonesian National Planning Agency, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Energy Council, and University of Gadjah Mada.


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