FGV Triang biogas plant to generate RM5m revenue a year

FGV Triang biogas power plant.

KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd’s recently installed biogas power plant at its Triang palm oil mill in Bera, Pahang will be able to generate RM5mil in revenue a year during peak transmission.

FGV said on Wednesday the fully operational plant is its biggest renewable energy biogas power plant to date with an installed capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW).

It had received the feed-in-tariff (FiT) completion date (FiTCD) from the Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) on Oct 20.

Through SEDA, FGV had secured a quota for 2MW of export capacity to Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s national grid to distribute electricity to 15,000 homes.

The homes are in Felda Triang, Felda Sebertak, Felda Purun, Felda Bukit Kepayang and Felda Tementi which are located within a 30km radius from the biogas power plant.

Other surrounding areas include neighbouring towns, clinics, mosques, offices and small shops.

“During peak transmission, the biogas power plant is able to produce up to 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, which translates into a revenue of RM5mil per year for the palm oil mill, ” it said.

FGV Group CEO Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan, said the electrical power support provided by FGV’s Triang biogas power plant acts as an alternative form of green energy for Tenaga, which reduces the risk of outage to ensure a better and steadier stream of electricity.

“In line with the government’s renewable energy agenda, the power plant offers an efficient form of renewable energy through biogas from its palm oil mill effluent (POME) which reduces the need to burn more coal or natural gas that could potentially harm the environment, ” Haris Fadzilah added.

The installation of the biogas power plant also enhances the palm oil mill’s water treatment capacity, thus greatly improving its discharge quality to the nearby river.

Apart from the Triang biogas power plant, FGV owns four other existing FiT biogas plants to export electricity to the national grid located in Mersing with 1.6 MW capacity, as well as in Maokil, Segamat and Tenggaroh with 1.2 MW capacity respectively.

FGV said it is currently the world’s only palm plantation company that owns 28 biogas power plants and also the first to develop a palm-based commercial-scale bio-compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) plant in Malaysia.

Below is FGV’s Triang biogas engine.

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