Proman, UWI to explore biogas potential in Trinidad and Tobago

Proman and the University of the West Indies (UWI) have joined forces to explore waste-to-energy possibilities for Trinidad and Tobago.

A global leader in methanol, fertiliser, and other natural gas-derived products, Proman will work with the UWI to examine the potential of a biogas supply chain for the region, in line with national decarbonisation and waste reduction efforts.

The multi-phase project will identify viable local sources of waste for an anaerobic digestion (AD) project, and examine how these technologies and resources could be integrated into Trinidad and Tobago’s wider energy supply chain.

The study will analyse the viability of various local waste options for AD, including agricultural by-products such as poultry waste and manure, food waste, wastewater, and sargassum (seaweed).

Claus Cronberger, managing director of Proman Trinidad, said: “Proman is delighted to partner with the UWI on this study. By bringing together the university’s academic expertise with Proman’s industry experience, we hope to develop new and practical avenues towards more sustainable energy.

“Innovative projects like this will play a crucial role in facilitating our country’s lower-carbon transition, in line with the Paris Accord, which reached its five-year anniversary last month.

“We look forward to sharing our findings and collaborating further on potential waste-to-energy projects in Trinidad and Tobago, which have significant potential to generate investment and skilled employment opportunities as part of our national post-COVID recovery.”

“The UWI is excited to work alongside Proman Trinidad on this study,” commented UWI Professor John Agard, director of the St Augustine Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“This work provides new scope and direction on developing and informing innovative sustainable initiatives within the current downstream sector through a resource-circular value chain.”

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