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New biomethane facility being built in Lower Saxony

Completion scheduled for autumn 2009

(PresseBox) (Düsseldorf , ) E.ON and MT Energie are building a new biomethane facility in Einbeck in Lower Saxony. In future, about 500 m³ of biogas that has been filtered and refined to natural gas quality will be fed into the natural gas pipeline system there every hour. Completion of the facility is scheduled for autumn 2009.

"Biomethane plays an important part in the sector of renewable energies. The facility in Einbeck is part of our growth programme that we will systematically implement with an investment volume of € 6 billion by 2010 alone," said Dr. Frank Mastiaux, Managing Director of E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH.

"We are pleased that we are carrying out a joint project with E.ON in a region where the growing of energy crops has traditionally not played any role," stated Bodo Drescher, Managing Director of MT-Energie GmbH & Co. KG. Virtually no maize has been grown in the southern part of Lower Saxony until now. Mr. Drescher: "This means that maize improves the sequence of crops in the region. This is an important argument in favour of the new biomethane facility."

The facility comprises a total of six vessels: two fermenters, one digester and three fermentation product silos. Some 1,000 m³ of crude biogas are produced hourly. In addition, a gas treatment unit is being installed with a capacity of 500 m³ of biomethane per hour. After treatment and refining, the biomethane is fed into the natural gas pipeline system.

"Biomethane is an important component of our long-term supply strategy," stressed Dr. Bernhard Reutersberg, CEO of E.ON Ruhrgas AG. "Green biomethane is popular with our customers. We assume that by 2030 about 10 % of existing natural gas consumption in Germany can be covered with biomethane," Mr. Reutersberg added.

"The production of biomethane has the advantage that various types of crop can be used. The facility in Einbeck will utilise silage from maize, grass and sugar beet," said Friedrich Wolf, Managing Director of E.ON Bioerdgas GmbH. "These renewable crops are grown in the surrounding area. For farmers, this means an additional source of income and predictable sales outlets for many years. The facility will ensure long-term added value for the rural region. Local building companies are also involved in the construction project."