September 2011

Kiev, Tuzetka has participated to the 7th biomass conference co-organised by NL Agentschap and GIS, the Dutch and German development agencies. During the working sessions of the project "Pellets for Power", significant progress was made to identify sourcing zones in Western, Southern and Central Ukraine. The aim of the project "Pellets for Power - P4P" is to establish a sustainable supply chain from Ukraine to the Netherlands with herbaceous/agro pellets from mostly straw and reed raw material.

September 2011

Tuzetka has signed a memorandum to establish an integrated biomass operation in Montenegro managed by Green Energy doo. The mini mill (10.000T/year scalable to 18.000T/year) will be operated in the region of Kolashin. The wood pellets will be supplied for the domestic heating market in Italy. The contacts are continuing with the local municipalities to convert the local heating oil boilers to biomass boilers.

August 2011:

Tuzetka is joining efforts with Lda Madruga a company based in Marinha Grande (Regio Centro), Portugal to establish a Mini Mill ( 8.000T/year ). Talks are in progress with several local investors and business angels. The domestic market in Portugal will be very promising after the VAT increase on heating oil. For the start of the activity, Lda Madruga is proposing the conversion of the fuel-gas burner to a biomass burner for local brick and ceramic plants. The "Churraqueiras" (local chicken grill restaurant are also interested in this new fuel as a replacement of the current charcoal. Lda Madruga will pelletise 100% pine and eucalyptus wood residues sourced in the local forest "del Rei" ( 11.000Ha  ).

June 2011:

With a consortium of companies and R&D institutes, Tuzetka is selected by the European Commission to participate in the OPTIMA project. OPTIMA will integrate an ambitious biology system approach for perennial grasses such as switchgrass, miscanthus and giant reed in the Mediterranean environment. Moreover the perennial species cardoon, which has been proven to be particularly adapted to the Mediterranean climate, will be used as a control species. The main objective of the OPTIMA project is to identify high-yielding perennial grasses for the Mediterranean area within an optimised production chain that will provide stable source for both biomass and new plant-derived bio-products. OPTIMA will explore the potentialities of perennial grasses on under utilised or abandoned marginal lands.

April 2011:

Tuzetka has dismantled its plant in Ukraine. The demo plant is now visible in Russia.

January 2011:

Tuzetka has scouted the region of Ivano Frankivsk for identifying the local raw material. More than 160 saw mills are in operation (part time or all the year round) and more than 50.000T of forest residues can be sourced locally. There is no local waste service to collect the forest and saw mill residues.

February 2011:

Tuzetka takes a minority shareholding in the Slovenian company Biogen doo. Biogen produces wood pellets in Slovenia and uses the Mini Mill concept for its production.

December 2010:

1.000tons of pellets were produced and sold in Poland for the year 2010 mainly trough traders.

March 2010:

As partner of a consortium with Wageningen University, PhytoFuels and Poltava Academy, Tuzetka is involved in a survey for "developing a sustainable business model for pelletising agricultural residues and/or biomass crops in Ukraine for domestic and EU energy markets".

The project aimes at significant reduction of GHG emissions and compliance with Dutch, EU and international criteria for sustainable development.The technique being used is the pelletising of agricultural residues and/or biomass crops.

The main goal of the project is to quantify and possibly improve sustainability of biomass supply and the way this can be certified. After completion of the project a set of aspects of the sustainability criteria will be quantified on three promising biomass chains in Ukraine. The project is expected to prove the economic potential of these biomass chains and will further indicate concrete ways to attain sustainability goals for such chains.

June 2009:

The first pelletiser installation is in operation in Chupyra (Byla Tserkva Oblast, south of Kiev).  After the installation and training of the local crews, sales have started mostly for animal bedding. The output of the plant (5.000T/year) is not enough to supply to the Polish power plants on a regular basis, as targeted at the beginning.


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