• Wiley Project Director, Graham Harvey with the award.
    Wiley Project Director, Graham Harvey with the award.

The self-sustaining biogas facility at JBS Australia’s Dinmore facility has won its creator, Wiley, another award.

The meat company's biogas and water treatment plant, which was designed and constructed by Wiley, has taken out the award for Innovation in Environmental Management at the recent Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) State Awards.

It marks the second award Wiley has won for the project, after taking home the same category at QMBA’s regional awards earlier this year.

The biogas facility at JBS Australia’s Dinmore facility captures cattle emissions to power an existing natural gas-fired boiler plant, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 89 per cent and saving more than $1 million a year on natural gas costs.

Wiley MD, Tom Wiley, said winning both the regional and state award for Innovation in Environmental Management is an exciting achievement for the company.

“Rather than shy away from complex projects, we actively seek them out to continually evolve our thinking, processes, and solutions.”

Wiley Project Director, Graham Harvey, said: “This is an industry benchmark demonstrating the reality of environmental processing solutions for heavy emission producers. It is a great win for Wiley, JBS Australia, and everyone involved.”

 The project’s key solutions included:

  • Construction of a new 20ML Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL).
  • Covering of two existing Anaerobic Lagoons (AL) with high density polyethylene (HDPE) to capture biogas, and then burn the gas through the boiler to provide energy for the plant.
  • Installation of a biogas train to pipe biogas from the CALs to a central flare and then to the existing 10MW boiler.
  • Upgrade of Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) with a new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) unit.

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