In Australia, biogas plant developer Energy 360 Pty Ltd (Energy360) has confirmed that it is building a bioenergy system for JBS Australia, the country’s largest protein and food processing company. The systems will capture methane emissions from wastewater treatment and supply biogas for use as fuel for its Beef City, Queensland (QLD) and Scone, New South Wales (NSW) sites.
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The largest multi-species processor, exporter, and feedlotter in Australia, JBS Australia is part of US-headed JBS USA Food Company Holdings (JBS Food), the world’s largest animal protein company.
JBS Australia has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions by 2040 throughout its operations and in partnership with its producers, suppliers, and customers.
To assist in achieving this goal, JBS Australia has partnered with Energy360 on some projects to build a turnkey solution.
This involves replacing natural gas as its process heat source with biogas, capturing in-site wastewater emissions.
JBS Australia’s red meat processing sites have naturally occurring biogas. Energy360 will be providing custom-designed bioenergy systems and installing covers on the in-situ wastewater treatment lagoons to capture the methane generated and use it as fuel to provide process heat.
This biogas will displace natural gas and provide both sites with significant natural gas cost savings and GHG abatement, which will assist in JBS Australia achieving its Net Zero goal.
In Australia, JBS owns some of the largest and most technologically advanced production facilities located for the best access to livestock. These bioenergy projects are just one way we are working toward meeting our net-zero goal by capturing wastewater emissions and switching to renewable energy sources in our facilities, said Sam Churchill, Group Manager Sustainability, JBS Australia.
Delivery during 2023
Following the completion of Energy360’s recent Front End Engineering Design (FEED) at both sites, the Bioenergy Systems will be delivered in the second half of 2023.
Both projects will eliminate over 60 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually whilst saving over AU$2 million of natural gas usage.
In addition to the biogas produced, Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) will also be generated by these projects.
The Bioenergy Systems will also help future-proof the company against volatile natural gas price rises for the next 10 years and will deliver on the GHG savings demanded by the market, generating more than 100TJ of biogas annually.
This is the first of what we expect will be many EPC contracts, where Energy360 will be the Principal Contractor in the installation of a turnkey, ‘behind the meter’ Biogas Delivery System, said Samantha Lamond, Head of Energy360.