Asia Biogas begins commercial operation at Thai biogas plant

Asia Biogas, an Irish-Singaporean-owned bioenergy developer, has begun commercial operation at 12,300MWh per year biogas plant in Thailand.

Krabi Waste to Energy Co., a subsidiary of Asia Biogas, will operate first phase the plant, which is located in the tourist region of Krabi.

The project generates electricity using two CAT CG170-12 engines, supplied by Metro Machinery, which run on biogas produced from the processing of palm oil mill effluent in an anaerobic digester.

The electricity will be sold under the Kingdom of Thailand’s Very Small Power Producers scheme to the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

The project will export 12,300 MWh per year while contributing to Thailand’s renewable energy targets by capturing and removing methane gas that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere.

Asia Biogas is currently planning the second phase of the project, in which it to produce biogas and compost products from empty fruit bunches, a solid waste produced by the hosting palm oil mill.

The additional biogas will be used to produce electricity with a further three engines to be put into operation.

Asia Biogas hopes the second phase will be operational within 18 months and is currently awaiting approval from PEA.

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