Biovoima has made a significant biogas plant sale to Norway, worth almost 20 million euros. When completed, the facility will process annually 15,000 tons of organic municipal and household waste from the Bergen economic area and 40,000 tons of cattle manure. The end product is biomethane, which replaces fossil fuels in industry. Biofertilizer suitable for soil improvement is also produced as a by-product.

In the article picture from left to right: Eero Tilsala (CEO of Suomen Biovoima Oy), Borghild Lekve (CEO of BIR AS) and Jani Kangasaho (Sales Director of Suomen Biovoima Oy)

The facility was invested by BIR AS, which is one of Norway’s largest waste management companies, responsible for the waste management of nearly 400,000 residents in seven different municipalities in the Bergen economic area.

According to Aslak Sverdrup, chairman of the board of BIR AS, Biovoima delivered the best offer in terms of the project goal. “We have carried out very thorough studies of the biogas plants operating in the Nordic countries and also visited several plants on site that operate with the same technology as the plant ordered from us now. Biovoima provides us with an innovative overall solution focused on the future, and in our selection we have emphasized in particular that the plant entity is capable of producing us high-quality biogas. Also the requirements for biofertilizer must be at a cleaner level than what the current regulations require of us. With the help of the overall solution offered, we are also able to ensure good profitability in the long term. This project is strategically important for BIR AS and also in line with the group’s strategy.”

The biggest deal in Biovoima’s history provides opportunities to continue investing in growth. Biovoima’s CEO Eero Tilsala is satisfied with the agreement. “We have invested significantly in the company’s growth, and our goal is to be the largest company in Northern Europe and the Baltic region in this industry, which creates an opportunity for our customers to replace Russian natural gas with green gas. We have several projects on the table that are in the final stages of negotiations, and we will certainly publish new plant deliveries in the near future.”

“The trust we received from the Norwegians shows that Finnish environmental technology know-how is perceived as high quality, and there is a very strong need and demand for it internationally. However, growth requires also capital and resources – let’s hope that such things do not form obstacles for future growth.” Tilsala summarizes.

Biovoima’s sales director Jani Kangasaho describes the agreement as significant for Biovoima. “The first contacts with the customer were already established a few years ago, which means that our investments in the Norwegian market and customer relationship management are now yielding results. The end-stage procurement process by the client was handled very professionally, and it also demanded a lot from Biovoima’s personnel. I greatly appreciate our staff and the customer’s way of conducting discussions and carrying out this kind of procurement process.” Kangasaho emphasizes.

The engineering of the plant will start immediately, followed by construction and equipment installations from the first half of 2024 onwards. The biogas plant will be ready for use at the beginning of 2026. In Norway, the tightening requirements for the separate collection of household organic waste will accelerate the construction of similar facilities significantly in the future as well.

Signing ceremony between Suomen Biovoima Oy ja BIR AS in Bergen, Norway 16.5.2023

Suomen Biovoima is a cleantech company specializing in waste treatment, renewable energy and especially renewable gases. It is known for customer-oriented mindset and solutions which are high-quality and profitable for the customers. The company was founded in 2015, and its head office is located in Jyväskylä.

BIR AS is one of Norway’s largest waste management companies, being responsible for the waste management of nearly 400,000 residents in seven owner municipalities. BIR AS is owned by the municipalities of Askøy, Bergen, Bjørnafjorden, Kvam, Osterøy, Øygarden, Samnanger and Vaksdal.


More information about the project and company:
Jani Kangasaho
Sales Director, Suomen Biovoima Oy
050 468 7907

More information about the company:
Eero Tilsala
CEO, Suomen Biovoima Oy
040 514 7047