German company Weltec Biopower is set to build an 800kW biogas plant for Colombian egg producer Incubadora Santander.

The proposed plant is expected to go live early next year and it can be operated without the need for buying any additional substrate.

With the new biogas plant in place, Incubadora plans to be well prepared for its expansion plans. The company produces about 3.5 million eggs a day and plans to make use of the co-digestion of dry chicken manure from the laying hens and process water from the production.

"Incubadora Santander plans to make use of the co-digestion of dry chicken manure from laying hens and process water from production."

The feedstock will be pre-treated in a sedimentation tank and then the manure will be separated from sand, and lime and will be pumped into the 4,903m³ digester with the help of a 1,076m³ upstream storage unit.

By the way of co-digestion, the digestate will reach a high fertiliser value, enabling it to be returned into the plant‘s agricultural substance cycle for better use as liquid manure on its own fields.

Plant modules include the ready-for-operation CHP plant, the pre-installed pump and control technology as well as the stainless-steel panels for the tanks, which are planned to be transported to the location in maritime containers from Germany.

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Incubadora Santander's third-generation company manager Montoya Muñoz said: “An important element of our strategy is to establish the Kikes‘ brand around the globe by means of various measures such as direct investments and strategic alliances.

“In the coming years, we will step up our production to 10 million eggs a day.”

Image: Incubadora plans to be well prepared for its expansion plans with the new biogas plant. Photo: courtesy of Weltec Biopower.