Gakovac d.o.o. of Stara Moravica has implemented a 2 MW biogas plant project.
The opening ceremony was held in Stara Moravica on September 26, 2017. It was attended by Aleksandar Antic, the Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy, as well as other guests and company partners. “This project boasts several important aspects. It supports agriculture and environmental protection, while being an energy project. That is precisely the future of agriculture,” said Aleksandar Antic, the Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy. The Gakovac biogas plant in Stara Moravica generates electricity from biomass, and according to Aleksandar Antic, the Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy, linking cattle breading and crop growing is a good business concept. In addition to 100,000 tons of grains and several thousand tons of meat, this farm will now generate 16,000 megawatt-hours of electrical energy, which will help address the electrical energy issue facing this region. Antic expressed his thanks to people who, as he said, had the courage to undertake the project. “I believe that the support of the government provided by putting in place a relevant legal framework and setting incentives and electricity purchase prices is sufficient, and that this project should serve as a model to our farmers,” said Antic.
The Minister stressed that the government would continue to support environmentally friendly projects such as that one. The plant operator Hubert Kispal said that in ten years he had been doing business in Backa, some had been difficult, such as that one when there was drought, but successful years prevailed. Kispal thanked Minister Antic for the support. “The Serbian Government and the Ministry of Mining and Energy recognize that projects such as this one are important for the development of Serbia. This is really important environmentally friendly project that will help us conserve the environment,” said Kispal. Vladan Divjak, the biogas plant manager, spoke about the way in which the plant generated electricity, but also about renewable energy sources. According to Divjak, the essence of production using renewable energy sources is conservation of the environment. He said that the plant did not affect quality of air as plants absorbed all carbon dioxide, without creating the greenhouse effect. Vladan Divjak, the biogas plant manager, said that by-products from farms and fields and waste from the local industry were used as feedstock for the plant. He recalled that that approach would help conserve the environment and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, adding that fertilizer, a by-product of the plant operation, was of top quality and used for the agricultural production on their farms.