FiT Commercial Operation Date: 14th December 2018
Project Cost: RM 12 million (USD 3 million)
Service: Converting POME to biogas, for energy sold to grid
Plant Capacity: 1.5 MW
Total Households Powered: 2160 households (500 KWh per household)
Carbon Savings: 1153 tonnes
Methane-filled wastewater called Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) is discharged in huge amounts daily. This highly polluting process has a Global Warming Potential approximately 25 times that of carbon dioxide. This poses a critical issue for palm oil mill owners as the emissions are harmful to humans and the environment. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board has also issued a regulation effective 1 January 2014, wherein all new mills and existing mills that apply for throughput expansion will be mandated to install biogas trapping or methane capture facilities.
Emphasizing on the need for a POME treatment measure, Cenergi partnered with Cenergi Pantai Remis to reduce environmental impact by developing a 1.5 MW biogas power plant with the mill. Operating under a 16-year Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) agreement, the project uses an anaerobic digestion system to recover biogas from the POME supplied by Pantai Remis Palm Oil Mill. This project has been possible primarily due to the proactiveness of the mill owners in meeting their sustainable obligation. Their support helped the project team deliver this project ahead of schedule and under budget.
Generating typically around 800m3 of raw biogas per hour, the in-ground anaerobic digester proceeds to remove hydrogen sulphide and then chills the treated biogas to reduce its moisture content. The treated biogas is then channeled to 1 x 1,501 kWe MWM biogas engine to produce electricity, which is exported to the national distribution grid through a Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (REPPA) with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
Health, Safety and Environment are at the top of Cenergi’s priorities when it comes to the operational efficiency of our assets. At Pantai Remis, all staff have completed basic safety training, Safety Induction for new staff and Authorized Entrant and Standby Person (AESP) training with various other trainings scheduled throughout the year. Since commencement of construction the site has achieved 87,386 safe man hours (Feb 2019). Monthly site inspections are also conducted where equipment and machinery are monitored as well as checks on scheduled waste compliance procedure.
Pantai Remis biogas plant is the 2nd 100% owned plant of Cenergi and was completed under budget and ahead of schedule. This was largely due to Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) and TNB’s efficiency and streamlined processes which helped us in completing the various stages of development of the project faster than anticipated.
As Cenergi’s fifth biogas power plant, Pantai Remis represents another significant milestone in the move towards a sustainable future. In the next five years, Cenergi aims to have 20 commercially viable biogas plants in Malaysia and continue to expand into Southeast Asia. In addition to geographical reach, Cenergi will be exploring and building on alternative clean energy sources, including solar and mini hydro.