Chicken litter generates green energy and new jobs in Northern Ireland

Xergi, which is 50% owned by Schouw & Co., is Denmark’s leading supplier of biogas plants, and has just received its biggest contract in the company’s history for a new biogas plant that will be treating large amounts of chicken litter. This facility will provide jobs, green energy and recirculation of nutrients, which is beneficial to the environment.

The new biogas plant from Xergi will be situated at the Northern Irish town Ballymena north of Belfast, and will generate 3 MW of renewable energy from up to 40,000 tonnes of chicken litter each year. The electricity will be sold through the electricity network and is enough to power 4,000 homes. The plant is due to become fully operational by early 2018 and will create 11-12 new permanent jobs in the area. The project amounts to GBP 23.3 million and Xergi’s share amounts to about DKK 150 million.

The project is developed by Stream BioEnergy and will be co-financed by The Foresight Group and Invest Northern Ireland. Xergi as technology supplier will also be a shareholder.

”The plant will convert the chicken litter into biogas, which will be used to produce green electricity. At the same time the nutrients become an environmentally friendly fertiliser that can replace chemical fertiliser for the local farms,” explains CEO Jørgen Ballermann from Xergi.

Environment improvement

One of the intentions of the project is to handle chicken litter in a way that protects the environment.

”Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen will become much more easy for the plants in the field to absorb, once the litter has been through the biogas plant. This minimises the risk of washing out the nutrient from the fields and having an adverse impact on the environment,” explains Jørgen Ballermann.

Great potential for poultry producers

Due to the specific combination of nutrients in chicken litter, it has until now been necessary to keep the amount of chicken litter in the biogas plants at a low level.

As one of Europe’s leading companies within development of biogas technology Xergi has developed a concept that makes it possible to produce biogas on 100% chicken litter. The concept comprises knowhow and technology developed by Xergi.

”The plant at Ballymena is the second plant we are building for this type of production. I’m proud that we have now made it possible for poultry producers to contribute to a significant production of sustainable energy in the form of biogas and green fertiliser,” says Jørgen Ballermann.

At Schouw & Co., which together with Hedeselskabet has owned Xergi since 2004, President Jens Bjerg Sørensen is very pleased with the contract: “The plant at Ballymena is a very important milestone for Xergi, where we see the effects of several years’ investment in knowhow, technology and market preparation. Contracts of such size create the right base for continued profitable growth at Xergi“, says Jens Bjerg Sørensen.

About Xergi

Xergiis among Europe’s leading suppliers of large scale biogas plants. The Ballymena project is Xergi’s 8th plant in the UK –

For further information please contact:

  • Jørgen Ballermann, CEO,, tel. + 45 25 27 94 36
  • Jens Bjerg Sørensen, President, Schouw & Co.,, tel. +45 86 11 22 22