MINSK, 30 November (BelTA) – A program on upgrading Belarusian peat extraction enterprises till 2025 has been drafted, BelTA learned from Mikhail Khamitsevich, Head of the Peat Industry Office of the national fuel and natural gas distribution industrial group Beltopgaz, on 30 November.
According to the source, a program on the comprehensive modernization of peat enterprises in 2021-2025 has been worked out this year. Its main goal is to diversify the country's fuel and energy budget with peat products, fully satisfy the demand for peat fuel, and ensure the uninterrupted operation of peat industry enterprises.
The program was drafted bearing in mind the 2021-2025 draft energy saving program and the fuel and energy budget for the period till 2030. The program's volume of output of peat products has been formed in accordance with orders of potential consumers.
Among the peat industry's strategic goals Mikhail Khamitsevich mentioned increasing the consumption of peat fuel by cement industry enterprises up to 511,000 tonnes per annum and continued efforts to convert heating plants of the housing and utilities industry to peat fuel.
Belarus' peat reserves are estimated at 2.4 billion tonnes, including over 300 million tonnes or 12% fit for commercial development. Belarusian peat industry enterprises develop 1.3% of the country's total raw peat reserves. About 2 million tonnes of peat is extracted every year and roughly 1 million tonnes of peat products is made of this amount of raw peat.
According to Mikhail Khamitsevich, the consumption of about 1 million tonnes of peat products can substitute about 450 million m3 of natural gas per annum.