No 'business as usual' here

Thursday, March 01, 2022

Photo: Thomas Maxe.


The area in front of Maabjerg BioEnergy is packed with cars, but only a few of them belong to the seven employees responsible for daily operations. One of them is Ulla Kristensen, appointed as an office assistant three months ago.


From her desk at the entrance, Ulla Kristensen monitors the many people who come and go at Maabjerg BioEnergy. Even though construction is finished, there is still a jumble of workmen preparing for the production of biogas.


Ulla Kristensen feels at home in the newly built premises.


"I'm happy to be here. It's a really good workplace, with good colleagues and some exciting challenges," she explains.


The challenges were in fact one of the reasons she applied for the job, even though she was permanently employed somewhere else. 


"I thought it sounded really exciting to work with green energy, and in a newly started company, where I would virtually write my own job description. There's nothing here that's 'as usual'," says Ulla Kristensen with a smile.

It can however be difficult to get to grips with all the technical talk. 


"When the others talk about technical matters, I must admit that, although I can follow up to a point, I end up being left out in the cold. But I learn something new every day, and I think it's really cool that the people here are so passionate about the technology and the biological processes," says Ulla Kristensen.


Maabjerg BioEnergy is closely connected to Vestforsyning, with respect to both finances and the human resources department, so Ulla Kristensen doesn't have to sing "all by myself".


- I'm proud to work with green energy, says Ulla Kristensen.

"I had a desk in the Vestforsyning offices over in Nupark for the first two weeks. It was a fantastic way to start, and I got a change to connect faces with names of the people I now have daily contact with. It's also nice to have a 'lifeline' there," she said.


The trucks are trickling into Maabjerg BioEnergy with liquid manure, but it will be a few months before the production of biogas really gets started. There won't be time for Ulla Kristensen and her colleagues to rest on their laurels though, since there are already plans to expand Maabjerg BioEnergy's production capacity five times, in connection with the large Maabjerg Energy Concept bioethanol project.


"I'm prepared for something new and exciting to happen just as soon as we start having more stable working days, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm proud to work with green energy, and it is significant to me that we are working with something that is useful for society," says Ulla Kristensen.


Maabjerg BioEnergy will celebrate the official opening of the plant in June. If all goes well, the large bioethanol project can start operation within four years. So it isn't likely that it will be "business as usual" at Maabjerg BioEnergy any time soon.


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