Cargill to convert waste
March 6, 2008 by Manure Manager
Cargill recently announced the
start of construction of an anaerobic digester on PT Santosa Agrido’s
Lampung Bekri 23,000 cattle feed lot operation in Lampung/Sumatera,
Cargill recently announced the start of construction of an anaerobic digester on PT Santosa Agrido’s Lampung Bekri 23,000 cattle feed lot operation in Lampung/Sumatera, Indonesia.
Every year, the digester will capture and convert cattle effluent from the feed lot into 992 tons of methane gas that will be used to generate energy for the feed lot. The project will also reduce the greenhouse gas equivalent of 207,000 tons of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere over 10 years. Co-products from the process and digested solids will be used as organic fertilizer for growing corn for their cattle feed.
The technology, which is being managed and funded by Cargill’s Environmental Finance group, will generate carbon credits that can be traded on global climate exchanges.
“We are excited to be working with Cargill to develop this innovative means of manure waste management,” says Samuel Wibisono, PT Santosa Agrindo’s president director of the beef division. “The digester will substantially reduce odors while creating a renewable energy source to help us reduce our overall operating costs. By entering into this agreement, Cargill has taken the responsibility to develop, fund and implement the project, including managing of all permitting and registration issues. That allows us to concentrate on what we’re here for, which is to reinforce our position as the largest cattle feed lot business in the region.”
This digester, a UNFCCC registered project, is currently under construction and was scheduled to be fully operational by February 2008.