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Nitra plans to connect waste management with energy production

The city of Nitra wants to be the first Slovak municipality to connect all available facilities for waste processing with power generation from alternative sources, the town mayor, Jozef Dvonč, told a news conference on March 26, the SITA newswire wrote.

The city of Nitra wants to be the first Slovak municipality to connect all available facilities for waste processing with power generation from alternative sources, the town mayor, Jozef Dvonč, told a news conference on March 26, the SITA newswire wrote.

According to the mayor, this means a connection between waste management and waste separation with production of biogas. Specific facilities should be connected on a contractual or partnership basis and exchange products. Dvonč said that biogas, for example, could be enriched in a way to be used for trucks collecting municipal waste or for the municipal transport company, Veolia Transport.

The overall aims of the project are to prepare an alternative energy source in addition to natural gas, to protect the environment and to reduce CO2 emissions.

A wastewater treatment facility currently operates in the district of Krškany and a biogas station of the Slovak Agricultural University is in Koliňany. Construction of a composting facility will start this year. The project should be supported with funds from the European Union of €3.187 million.

The city will co-finance the project with €167,000, about five percent of the project costs. In 2011, a steam-gas power plant with an installed capacity of 100 megawatts should start operating. Private company Mestská Elektráreň Nitra will build the plant for approximately €106.2 million.

Separated waste collection in Nitra grew by 37 percent last year. Slovakia is expected to separately collect biological waste by 2010. But according to Dvonč, municipalities are not ready for it yet and they want to postpone this task until 2013. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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