A dozen local authorities in and around the Olympic town of Lillehammer are involved in the construction of a treatment plant that will consume 10,000 tonnes of local organic waste annually, producing power, fuel and fertiliser. An additional by-product of the NKr35m (Ecu4m) facility, described as "unique" by contractors, will be a "carbon source" for cleansing nitrogen from waste water. The Norwegian government has signalled its approval by contributing NKr5m to the project through its Industrial and Regional Development Fund (SND). Featuring a newly patented hydrolysis process and heat treatment to 138 degrees centigrade, the facility will produce enough methane to cover its own power needs with the equivalent of an additional 600kWh to spare. The carbon source will replace alcohol, currently costing NKr1m per year in Lillehammer, in sewage treatment. The plant is expected to be up and running in 2000.
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