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Wiley develops wastewater co-generation facility

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Leading integrated facility engineering specialist for the global food manufacturing industry, Wiley designed and constructed an innovative biogas and water treatment plant for a major Australian meat processing company, revolutionising its business, and reducing emissions as well as operational costs by more than $1 million a year in the process.

Backed by a 90-year history in creating world-class food manufacturing facilities, Wiley has earned a reputation for developing solutions for complex projects. Wiley’s work for the meat processing plant was recognised at the Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) Brisbane Regional Awards in July with an award for Innovation in Environmental Management Construction.

Managing Director, Tom Wiley said the company’s track record as a global leader in food facilities and plant design, consulting, and construction has provided the Australasian business with unparalleled experience in complex builds and structures.

Mr Wiley comments that the complexity of some of their projects requires a fresh perspective to deliver a practical, effective, and innovative solution.

Wiley partnered with Australia’s largest meat processing company, JBS Australia to create a self-sustaining biogas facility at its Dinmore facility, capturing cattle emissions to power an existing natural gas-fired boiler plant. Key outcomes from the biogas plant for JBS Australia include an 89 percent reduction in the facility’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and a saving of more than $1 million a year on natural gas costs.

Wiley Project Director, Graham Harvey accepted the award on behalf of the team and said that the plant was an industry benchmark demonstrating the reality of environmental processing solutions for heavy emission producers.

Key solutions delivered by Wiley for the award-winning project included construction of a new 20ML Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL); covering of two existing Anaerobic Lagoons (AL) with high density polyethylene (HDPE) to capture biogas, and then burn the gas through the boiler to provide energy for the plant; installation of a biogas train to pipe biogas from the CALs to a central flare and then to the existing 10MW boiler; and upgrade of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) with a new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) unit.

Wiley is now in the running to compete at the state level with winners to be announced at a QMBA Gala dinner in September in Brisbane.

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