JBS Australia has started construction at its Scone Processing Plant to develop a system that will capture wastewater emissions and substitute its liquified natural gas (LNG) consumption with renewable gas sourced from an anaerobic wastewater treatment process.
In partnership with biogas handling company Energy360, JBS is installing bioenergy infrastructure that will transform its current wastewater treatment process into a circular flow that captures and reuses biogas.
Two pond covers will be installed at JBS’s Scone Processing Plant that minimise the release of biogas and odour into the atmosphere. The project will reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 28,000 tonnes per annum and generate Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs).
Sam Churchill, Group Manager Sustainability at JBS Australia, said that JBS’s construction of bioenergy systems are part of the company’s Net Zero ambition:
“The Scone facility construction marks another important milestone on our Net Zero journey. We’re pleased to partner with Energy360 to create a solution that reduces our wastewater emissions and consumption of liquefied natural gas through biogas capture and reuse technology. This project will deliver a reduction of the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 28,000 tonnes per annum, through recycling biogas that would otherwise go to the atmosphere.”
James Turner, Plant Manager at JBS Australia’s Scone Facility, said the bioenergy system is a welcome solution that alleviates the site’s dependence on liquefied natural gas by creating a circular production model.