German biogas technology firm Agraferm Technologies AG has chosen Seoul, Korea as the home town for its newly established subsidiary, “af biogas” currently in the process of being founded.
The company said that South Korea is an ambitious country with growing environmental awareness, and that environmentally friendly manure and waste disposal, as well as active water protection, are key themes in particular at the moment.
As part of the strategic move Agraferm said that three plants are to be built by 2017, initially to be run by the company itself, to guarantee a stable transfer of knowledge and the comprehensive training of personnel.
According to the firm intensive agricultural and animal husbandry are threatening ground and surface water in the country, and are contributing to rising CO2 emissions. It added that its subsidiary, BTA International GmbH, has already gained experience with regard to working in Korea and deals with projects in the bio-mechanical treatment and utilisation of other organic waste.
The company explained that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of Jeollabuk-do province.
However, as a result of the geographical distance and cultural differences, the company said that it could only enter the Korean market by utilising permanent local representation, hene the formation of “af biogas”.
“We are planning to build the first plant next year and two more plants are to be added in 2017”, commented Dr.-Ing. Kyong-Hee Choi, representative of Korea for af biogas.
“The plants are going to be started up initially with in-house operation so that we can train the personnel adequately and guarantee reliable transfer of our efficient project management and technology knowledge”, Choi concluded.
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