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Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact

This GLT biomass plant not only works to improve the local and wider environment, it is also dedicated to raising the quality of life in the local area.

The plant contributes to improving air and water source quality, on top of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, constructing, maintaining and operating the plant serve to create job opportunities for the local population.

On a larger scale, the plant contributes to boosting the renewable energy market, increasing awareness about the importance of sustainability, and encouraging the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The plant thus has an important environmental and socio-economic impact, both locally and further afield.


The plant uses the following production method for its biomass:

Raw pome is taken from the cooling pond at the mill area and pumped into the mixing pit, before being transferred to the digester lagoon to undergo the biological process of microbial biodegradation. Through this process, gas is produced in the biodigester lagoon and is treated by using a bio-scrubber to reduce the concentration of hydrogen sulphide (H2S). Moisture is then removed from the gas is then dried using a condensation system. The gas is then channeled into the gas engine. Gas produced and treated at the plant contains methane, which is used as fuel to operate the gas engine in order to generate electricity. Furthermore, an iron oxide scrubber is used during the quick sludge removal phase, in order to cut down on the necessary downtime.

This power plant operates using the SCADA and TEM Evo systems. The Unilib control system is used for the Caterpillar engine. Operating the biomass plant 24 hours per day requires nine sets of hands. In addition, a mini lab is used to monitor the POME parameters.