Ecogas - food waste to energy
Construction is due to begin on New Zealand's first large-scale food waste-to-bioenergy facility at Reporoa, in the central North Island.
Following the blessing of the land by Ngāti Tahu-Ngati Whaoa on Tuesday 4th August, construction will begin on the new anaerobic digestion facility which is owned by Ecogas - a joint venture between Pioneer Energy Ltd and Ecostock Supplies Ltd - on land owned by T&G Fresh, a New Zealand fresh produce business.
The project is funded by Ecogas (with a significant investment from Pioneer Energy's owner, the Central Kakes Trust) and a $7 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund. The $30 million state-of-the-art facility will provide a welcome infrastructure boost to the local economy and generate close to 60 jobs through the construction process.
A few years in the planning, the project aims to be ready and operational in 2022. When up and running, the facility will turn 75,000 tonnes of organic waste, from businesses and kerbside food scrap collections throughout the North Island, into sustainable renewable clean energy.
The facility will use anaerobic digestion - a technology already used successfully overseas - to generate enough energy to annually power up the equivalent of around 2500 households in the region, produce clean bio-fertiliser for approximately 2000 hectares of local farmland, and provide CO2 and heat to enhance the growth of tomatoes in T&G Fresh's local glasshouse.