FGV opens biogas plant at Malaysian palm oil mill

FGV Holdings Berhad’s (FGV) recently installed biogas plant at a palm oil mill in Kuala Lumpur is now fully operational.

The 2.4 MW plant in at FGV’s Triang palm oil mill (POM) in Pahang is FGV’s biggest biogas plant to date and was successfully commissioned after receiving the Feed-in-Tariff Completion Date from the Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) on 20 October.

Through SEDA, FGV secures a quota for 2 MW of export capacity to Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) national grid to distribute electricity to 15,000 homes within a 30 kilometre radius of the facility.

FGV’s group CEO, Dato’ Haris Fadzilah Hassan, said electrical power support provided by FGV’s Triang biogas plant acts as an alternative form of energy for TNB, which reduces the risk of outage to ensure a ‘better and steadier’ stream of electricity.

“In line with the government’s renewable energy agenda, the power plant offers an efficient form of renewable energy through biogas from its palm oil mill effluent (POME), which reduces the need to burn more coal or natural gas that could potentially harm the environment,” said Haris Fadzilah.

During peak transmission to the grid, the biogas plant can produce up to 10 million kWh per year, equivalent to RM5 million (€1 million) in revenue per year for the POM.

The biogas plant also boosts the POM’s water treatment capacity, improving its discharge quality into the nearby river. The POM is also equipped with a POME polishing plant to further increase the water discharge quality.

FGV owns four other FiT biogas plants to support electricity into the national grid, in Mersing with 1.6 MW capacity, as well as in Maokil, Segamat, and Tenggaroh, with 1.2 MW capacity respectively.

The company is currently the world’s only palm plantation firm that owns 28 biogas plants and also the first to develop a palm-based commercial-scale bio-compressed natural gas plant in Malaysia.

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