Location: Pahang
FiT Commercial Operating Date: 5 October 2017
Project Cost: RM 11 million
Service: Converting POME to biogas, for energy sold to grid
Status: Operational
Plant Capacity: 1.5 MW
Total Households Powered: 3,200 (800 MWh per month)
Carbon Savings: 24,903 tonnes CO2 eq.

The Situation

With a track record of running biogas plant, Cenergi leveraged its innovation in sustainable development. Pekan, blessed with an abundance of natural resources, is another strategic location for clean energy generation in Pahang. Building the biogas power plant benefits the local economies. Seen as the most useful transformation of palm oil mill effluent, the endeavour to convert waste into energy includes creating a job in technical aspects, manufacturing, construction, economic development while generating more investment in rural communities. Cenergi optimises the by-products from wastes and turned it around acting as a significant economic multiplier.

The operation for Cenergi’s third biogas power plant is built with the aim to contribute to Pahang’s sustainability by exporting 11,000 MWh of clean energy per year, which is equivalent to 1200 houses using anaerobic digester.

The Solution

Cenergi launched their first jointly-owned biogas power plant with Tanah Makmur Berhad (TMB). In compliance with the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Fit-in-Tariff standards, Cenergi invested in an upgraded technology to develop an effective treatment and handling of POME.

The Sri Jelutung biogas plant is the first power plant that uses an innovative double-scrubber technology enabling it to capture enough methane gas from the palm oil mill effluence. Making it more significant, this plant contributes to reducing carbon emissions by an equivalent of 2000 passenger vehicles. The scrubber works simultaneously, where while one cleans the other remains operating. This means that the plant is continuously on the run without needing to break for servicing.

Operating under a 16-year Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) agreement, the power plant generates up to 1.5 MW of power and supplies them to the grid. The plant will be adjacent to the existing palm oil mill plant which will have an upgraded capacity by 45 metric tonnes per hour. The in-ground anaerobic digester generates 750 – 900 m3 of raw biogas per hour, which is scrubbed to remove hydrogen sulphide and chilled to reduce the moisture content in the biogas. The treated biogas is then channeled to 1 x 1,413 kWe Jenbacher engines to produce electricity, which is exported to the grid through a Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (REPPA) with Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

The Achievements

Sri Jelutung project marks the fourth successful biogas plant by Cenergi. The company is recognised as the market leaders in clean energy projects in Malaysia and Southeast Asia working towards reducing carbon emissions. Additionally, Cenergi and Tanah Makmur both expressed their intent on working closely together over the next 16 years with the goal of further green energy developments in Pahang that contributes to national sustainability.

The Future

Cenergi strengthens its name with their successful biogas plants, while exploring other green technology projects. The company is currently constructing setting up another biogas plant in Perak. Cenergi is on board with the rest of Malaysia whereby the company has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030 in the Paris Agreement (COP21).