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Bright Biomethane to build biogas upgrading plant in Australia

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Bright Biomethane has partnered with Australian company Eneraque to build a biogas upgrading facility.

The project will represent Bright’s first biogas upgrader build in Australia and will be constructed for energy company Jemena at the Sydney Malabar wastewater treatment (WWT) site.

Biogas from Sydney Water will be purified into biomethane for distribution through the grid. The Malabar Biomethane Project is expected to be completed in 2022 and is claimed to be Australia’s first biomethane gas grid injection project.

With a capacity of 1,100 Nm3 per hour of ingoing biogas, the new facility will upgrade the raw biogas from the AD process of sludges at the WWTP in Sydney, considered to be Australia’s largest.

Biomethane is the end-product – a renewable gas compliant with Natural Gas specification, which will be distributed through Jemena’s gas network to thousands of Sydney homes and businesses for cooking, heating, and hot water.

“This is a great development of biomethane production and deployment in Australia and an acknowledgement of Bright’s growing worldwide presence,” said Jeffrey Kruit, area sales engineer at Bright.

“Those involved visited our wastewater-to-biomethane facility in the Netherlands pre-COVID. We are proud to bring our Dutch technology now to Australia in an excellent collaboration with Eneraque.”

Jeremy Pringle, director of Eneraque, added: “It is excellent how this project came about. We are looking forward to future projects with Bright and to grow biomethane production and use across the country.”