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Wiley wins state award for environmental innovation

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Leading Australian company Wiley won the Innovation in Environmental Management award at the recent Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) State Awards for its work on a world-class biogas and water treatment plant. This is the second honour for Wiley for the same project, having won at QMBA’s regional awards in the same category earlier this year.

Designed and constructed by Wiley for Australia’s largest meat processing company, JBS Australia, the self-sustaining biogas facility at JBS’ Dinmore facility captures cattle emissions to power an existing natural gas-fired boiler plant, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 89 per cent and saving more than $1 million a year on natural gas costs.

Managing Director Tom Wiley described winning both the regional and state awards for Innovation in Environmental Management as an exciting achievement for the company and a great reward for the team’s hard work and out-of-the-box thinking.

According to Mr Wiley, the company’s heritage as a global leader in food facilities and plant design, consulting and construction has provided Australasian business with unparalleled experience in complex builds and structures that lends itself to projects that others struggle to handle alone. He explains that some structural developments are so complex they need a fresh perspective to deliver a practical, effective, and innovative solution.

Wiley Project Director Graham Harvey adds that the project is an industry benchmark demonstrating the reality of environmental processing solutions for heavy emission producers.

Highlights of the winning project include 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.

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