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SunPork piggery snags methane emissions reductions

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28 November 2016

This project will be conducted at SunPork Farms Brinkley Piggery complex in South Australia and will reduce the methane emitted from the piggery’s wastewater treatment system.

The Australian Pork Limited sees greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from pork production as a major priority for the industry, contributing to around 0.4 per cent to Australia’s overall GHG emissions. The largest emission source at a conventional piggery comes from the effluent treatment system in anaerobic ponds.

The project, being run by SunPork Farms, is being conducted under the destruction of methane generated from manure in piggeries method. The project has been contracted to deliver more than 22 800 tonnes abatement in the fourth emissions reduction fund auction.

In this project a new anaerobic lagoon will be covered with high density polyethylene cover and will serve as the primary lagoon for the complex. The methane and carbon dioxide, also known as biogas, from the wastewater will be collected from the lagoon. The methane component of the biogas will be combusted using a continuous spark open flare, which will prevent it from being released into the atmosphere.

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