ReNu Energy has announced that its Goulburn Bioenergy Project, located at the Southern Meats abattoir in Goulburn, NSW, has reached “practical completion” and has begun commercial operation.

The anaerobic digester and biogas treatment plant have been commissioned and are operational.

The digester is receiving the full waste flow from the facility and biogas production is ramping up with high gas quality.

The two 800 kW dual fuel Caterpillar generators have been operated on both natural gas and biogas.

To be able to meet the peak demand periods, the generators can be operated on dual fuel, blending biogas with natural gas.

Dual fuel blending is a novel and innovative application in the field of bioenergy, enabling projects to better meet the demand cycles of customers and enhance project viability through the addition of natural gas.

Managing Director of ReNu Energy, Chris Murray, said, “The commercial operation of the Goulburn Bioenergy Project is a significant milestone for ReNu Energy and for the bioenergy sector in Australia.

“The project will supply approximately 4,000 MWh of energy annually, representing over 50 per cent of the facility’s power consumption and a significant reduction in energy costs and carbon emissions for our customer, Southern Meats.”

Highlights include:

  • Revenue flow from the project has commenced and will ramp up as biogas production increases
  • $1.4 million of the $2.1 million ARENA grant has been received and the conditions precedent for the next milestone payment of $0.68 million are expected to be met in March 2018
  • Supports ReNu Energy’s target of $2 million of EBITDA from operating projects by 30 June 2018 
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