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Rubbish powers Fraser Coast homes

4 June, 2018

Electricity generated from methane gas extracted from the Saltwater Creek landfill site in Maryborough is powering 2,000 Fraser Coast homes.

“The generator is a joint venture between Council and resource recovery contractor LGI,” Small Communities Development Portfolio Councillor Anne Maddern said. Cr Maddern also sits on the Water and Waste Advisory Committee.

Under the project Council provided access to its landfill sites in Hervey Bay and Maryborough and LGI provided the equipment to tap the methane gas and generate the electricity.

Both share in the profits.

“For Council, the profits offset the costs of operating our waste operations across the region,” Cr Maddern said.

In March this year power generation was the highest ever recorded at the Maryborough landfill. 

“The total electricity export of 764MWhrs was enough to power 2,000 homes for the month (based on the energy use of a typical Ergon customer),” she said.

The site is expected to generate power for the next 30 years.

“We are expecting more power to be generated as the new cells come on line as the landfill site fills,” Cr Maddern said.

“At present all of the filled cells have been tapped and pipework is being laid as the new cells are being filled.

“Over time there might be an opportunity to add a second generator as the Saltwater Creek site continues to expand.”

Council and LGI had investigated generating power from the former Hervey Bay landfill site in Becks Road, Urangan.

CAPTION: Powering along … Executive Manager Regulation Mark Vanner and Waste Services, Cr Anne Maddern and LGI Power Generation and Field Technician Scott Prior in front of the power generation unit at the Saltwater Creek landfill.