Fifth biogas plant from EnviTec Biogas starts operations in China

Grand opening ceremony in Shanxi, China

Lohne/Saerbeck, 25 April 2019 – EnviTec Biogas AG announced the start of operations for its most recent biogas project in China, following a construction period of just 12 months. Input for the 1,570 Nm³ biogas plant located in Shanxi province, 500 km southwest of Beijing, will include maize stover silage, turkey litter and dairy cattle manure. 

“Our customer Shanxi Shenmu New Energy Co. Ltd. will operate the plant with a workforce of around 20 people,” comments EnviTec CEO Olaf von Lehmden. Shanxi Shenmu is a subsidiary of Shanxi Energy & Traffic Investment Co. Ltd., a state-run group of companies that employs some 50,000 people and is one of China’s biggest corporations. “We found Shanxi Shenmu to be a cooperative and goal-oriented partner during our work together onsite,” said von Lehmden. 

Von Lehmden went on to describe how all of the engineering expertise had been drawn from the pooled know-how of experts from EnviTec, who also supplied the main components for the plant. Each of the six digesters used to generate biogas has a volume of 5,250 cubic metres. Alongside two push floors, four biogas Kreis-Dissolver® units are used to process the input materials as required prior to fermentation. 

The biogas produced will be compressed to bio CNG (compressed natural gas) in a second stage and then sold locally from the plant premises. Von Lehmden: “This will enable our customer to meet the growing demand for CNG in the Chinese market.” The environmental awareness raised by this project also directly benefits the German company. “China’s enormous potential as a market offers us opportunities to successfully demonstrate our technological strengths and power to innovate on a global scale,” comments the company’s CEO.

Following Minhe I and II, Yingtan and Dingzhou, Shanxi is now the fifth biogas project that EnviTec Biogas has successfully placed on the Chinese market and brought to fruition.  


About EnviTec Biogas AG

Based in Lohne and Saerbeck, Germany, EnviTec Biogas AG covers the entire value chain for the production of biogas, including the planning and turnkey construction of biogas plants and biogas upgrading plants as well as their commissioning. The company takes charge of biological and technical services on demand and also offers full plant and operational management. In addition, EnviTec also operates its own biogas plants. In 2011, EnviTec Biogas expanded its business operations into the direct marketing of upgraded biomethane as well as the marketing of green electricity and balancing energy. With a presence in 16 countries worldwide, EnviTec Biogas AG is represented by its own companies, sales offices, strategic partners and joint ventures. In 2017, EnviTec generated revenue of €198.8 million and EBIT of €6.5 million. The EnviTec Group currently has about 430 employees. EnviTec Biogas has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 2007.



Katrin Hackfort

EnviTec Biogas AG

Tel: +49 2574 8888-810