The first biogas plant in the country producing electricity and heat from biogas is located in Colonita village, 7 kilometres from the capital of Moldova. It was implemented by a small private company GT Moraru headed by a local electrician, who recognized the future energy crisis and energetic value of agricultural wastes back in the 90’s.
GT Moraru commissioned the 87 kW biogas plant in Colonita in 2004. Unfortunately, it had to stop the operation in 2008 as the nearby cattle farm supplying the manure for biogas production closed down. During the non-operating period, the biogas plant was partially damaged.
After the supply of organic waste was once again secured, GT Moraru applied to MoSEFF for financing of the biogas plant rehabilitation, purchase of equipment and vehicles to transport the organic wastes, improvements of the biomass and slurry handling, reconnection to the grid.
The €37,300 investment allowed the company to continue running the successful biogas plant and generate energy enough to heat up 60 households all year round. Today, the company sells around 1400 kWt per day to the grid and is ready to produce even more for the local needs.
As Vasiliy Moraru, director of the company says, “A biogas plant in agriculture is a goldmine, as it produces heat, electricity and fertilizers from wastes.”
In addition, the environment gets a double positive impact due to lower wastes production and lower CO2 emissions. Last, but not least, twelve local people are employed by the enterprise.