Biogas plants project launched in Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan, May 16, 2012 – The Small Industries Development board of Pakistan has launched a new project of biogas plants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that can be used a low cost fuel for power generation.

The biogas project was funded by Pakistan Italian Debt Swap agreement. Biogas originates form biogenic material and is a type of biofuel.

The gas can also be compressed, much like natural gas and used to power motor vehicles. Being a renewable source of energy, biogas qualifies for renewable energy subsidies in some part of the world.

The technology can play a role in overcoming problems of energy sectors both domestic and commercial and is successfully in operation in various parts of the country.

Pakistan attempted biogas production in the seventies but it could not succeed due to lack of technology and awareness among the communities.

The SIDB, for the first time would work on government level in the history of province through private partnership. The board would set up at least 400 small and medium biogas plants developed at household level in Peshawar, Abbottabad, Charsadda, Mansehra, Hripur and Nowshera districts.

The gas could also be used to produce electricity by using common petrol generators with little alteration. The facility will also help reduce expenditure on fuel production transformation, distribution and generate jobs by creating micro, small and medium scale enterprises

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