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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ghana 2019

Submitted by: SIAT NV, Société d’ investissement pour l’ Agriculture Tropical
First large-scale Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Plants in West Africa; A Hope for the Palm Oil Sector

SIAT has invested in sustainability, creating a precedent for Palm oil sector in West Central Africa, by installing the first large scale AD & Biogas plants in this sector in WC Africa. With a total of 40,000m3 of Anaerobic Digesters volume, between Ghana and Nigeria facilities, both plants commissioned in 2014, Up to date SIAT has been able to treat close to 1,000,000m3 of palm oil mill waste, creating a precedent for Palm oil sector in this region.

Initial situation
SIAT-group is a Belgian company dedicated to investing in agriculture development in the Palm oil sector. Palm oil industrial processes generates high quantities of organic waste that if is not properly managed, could have a significant impact on the environment. Before the projects was implemented, all organic waste was treated on a conventional way, with open oxidation lagoons. This is method is not very efficient, soil and water streams risked being contaminated.

The project treats the organic waste generated by the Palm oil mills using the best technologies available and adapting it to treat this particular waste in a tropical zone. Anaerobic Contact Reactors with specific design have been installed to solve this environmental problem, treat the waste effluents while avoiding soil and water streams contamination.Furthermore the project makes use of the anaerobic digestion by-products such as treated water and stabilized organic matter for irrigation as well as the Biogas generated after the biomenthanation process in anaerobic reactors.

One of the most significant innovations of these projects, is that since our raw material is the waste out of the oil palm fruit production, and that the production depends on seasonality, during lean season it is not possible to produce enough biogas to supply energy demand and the storage of gas during high production period is still not a viable solution in developing countries. To help solve this problem, an organic waste reservoir was created in Ghana project as a pilot, in order to save the excess waste effluent during peak season and make it available to be use during the lean season.

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