On Friday, the Saeima adopted a draft law facilitating the construction of agricultural biogas plants. The resolution was supported by 449 deputies, no one voted against and no one abstained from voting.
On Friday, the Saeima adopted a law on simplification of the preparation and implementation of investments in the field of agricultural biogas plants, which provides for the simplification of the investment process and the facilitation of the use of local substrate.
Law on biogas plants. Nobody voted against
The bill was supported by 449 deputies, no one voted against and no one abstained from voting.
The law should become a specific tool to be used to develop a circular economy on farms and agricultural processing enterprises.
Limits on total installed electrical capacity at a maximum level of 3.5 MW, or achievable thermal capacity in cogeneration not exceeding 10.5 MW, or annual agricultural biogas production capacity not exceeding 14 million m3, or annual biomethane production capacity from agricultural biogas not over 8.4 million m3.
The law provides for the introduction of simplifications in the investment process, during the procedure for issuing a decision on building conditions and the procedure for issuing a decision on a permit for the construction of agricultural biogas plants, as well as issuing conditions for connecting agricultural biogas plants to the network.
Simplifications were also introduced in the use of the local potential of the substrate, indicating that the substrates specified in the executive order issued on the basis of the draft act will not be considered as waste. On the other hand, the post-fermentation product could be placed on the market as a post-fermentation product without the need to obtain permission from the Minister of Agriculture, allowing producers to sell or use it without the need to obtain a specific administrative decision.
Momentum for development
It is expected that the adoption of a regulation on agricultural biogas plants could give impetus to the development at the national and regional level of suppliers and sub-suppliers of services and components (so-called local content) in the life cycle of a biogas plant. installation – both at the stage of implementation of investments, and during its operation.
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