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General Questions

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How does a Bioenergy Plant extract the energy that it produces from its source material?

Today’s bioenergy power plants are extremely energy-efficient and they obtain energy from raw organic waste material. This can be anything from meat waste to grass clippings to wood chips, dead leaves, crops, and even cardboard. As long as there’s an organic component, it can be used to be converted into energy. The conversion occurs through either the use of bacteria (like in a cow’s or human’s stomach) to produce biogas or from combusting these waste materials to produce heat. The biogas or heat (steam) is used to power a boiler; the boiler then converts the heat into hot water or steam, which is required by DON and will replace fossil fuel based electricity and natural gas.

These various processes of obtaining energy can be turned into heat, electricity, biofuels and steam, all of which are environmentally friendly, all of which are renewable.

What will MASG get out of this?

It is planned that MASG will receive an annual dividend or annuity from plant revenues to help support MASG’s ongoing work for the community.

Will there be other community benefits?

This facility will see secure employment provided in the Shire by direct employment and also by ensuring the future viability of the Shire’s largest employer, Don KRC.

What will be the net greenhouse gas emissions reduction resulting from operating the bioenergy plant?

Based on an independent LCA study it is anticipated that circa 88,000 tonne of CO2e emissions will be reduced per annum.

Will there be any local odour increase?

The EPA has strict requirements for control of odour and fugitive emissions, with harsh penalties for breaches. EPA regulations state that any and all odours must remain on site for a permit to be granted.

The bioenergy plant will be designed and engineered to contain odours through use of a negative pressure enclosures.

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