STERCORE hopes to start building Drenthe’s first manure gasifier this spring

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STERCORE hopes to be able to put the first shovel in the ground this spring for the construction of a manure gasifier on the Emmtec site in Emmen.

A court case is still pending, but Hans Jansen of STERCORE hopes that a decision will be made this spring. Press release SCREENED BY Rien Kort

Last year in January, Milieudefensie took the matter to court because of the arrival of the manure gasifier. According to Milieudefensie, the nitrogen calculations that were submitted are incorrect. It was expected that the legal wrangling would be settled last autumn. But the case is still ongoing, says Jansen. “The appeal is still before the judge. There have been many delays and postponements. Jansen expects that the case will finally be heard within six weeks. “Everything Milieudefensie has questioned, we can refute,” he says. According to Jansen, the manure gasifier will remain within all norms. The opening of the gasifier in autumn 2022 is therefore still feasible, he says.

First in Drenthe

If given the green light, the manure gasifier would be the first in Drenthe. The initiative involves an investment of 45 million euros. On an annual basis, the plant should process almost two hundred thousand tonnes of dry manure into natural soil improvers and 25 to 30 million cubic metres of green gas. An agreement for the delivery of the manure has already been made with contracting firm Meilof in Smilde, which also arranges the delivery.

Emmtec, households or fuel

Depending on whether STERCORE can get SDE subsidies, the gas will be pumped into the regular grid or the Emmtec site will become a customer. “Should Stercore fail to receive the subsidies, the company will consider converting the gas into a high-grade fuel: Bio-LNG. “We can go anywhere with that product. Every oil and petrol company will benefit from it. Like green gas, this is a market that cannot be saturated.”

Second factory in Hoogeveen

Jansen expects the plant in Emmen to create 35 to 40 jobs. As soon as Emmen is up and running, a second plant will be set up near Hoogeveen. That will create another 25 to 30 jobs, according to Jansen. “We may even open a third plant within five years, but then in the middle of the country. A gasifier is not a manure digester. “Moreover, odour nuisance is not permitted by law in an installation like this. Even if you stand with your nose against the building, you will not smell anything, Jansen says. “The manure is unloaded inside the building. There is nothing outside. So people who live in the neighbourhood will not notice anything.”


The building of the manure gasifier covers an area of 70 by 120 metres. The height is 11 metres. “So we will not be bigger than an average Intratuin. Compared to other buildings on the Emmtec site, it is peanuts.”

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