Regional RON - Phase 2 update

12 Oct 2020

The regional Renewable Organics Network has reached a key milestone with Phase 2 investigations now complete. This phase focused on developing a shortlist of commercially and operationally viable options from the longlist developed as part of phase 1.

During this key phase, we:

  • Refined the longlist into preferred process designs that consider potential input and output requirements from both Barwon Water and councils.
  • Explored potential markets for and technologies to produce nutrient enriched beneficial agribusiness products to enhance regional benefits.
  • Continued to refine the cost benefit analysis to consider forecasted pricing and regional agribusiness opportunities.
  • Introduced the concept to the community and key stakeholders through online resources and an introductory webinar.

The Australian-first Colac Renewable Organics continues to progress at Barwon Water’s Colac Water Reclamation Plant to enable acceptance of higher-strength organic material from Australian Lamb Company and Bulla Dairy Foods for production of electricity and hot water. The Colac RON is currently under construction with the first stage of renewable energy production to commence by the end of this year and the full facility scheduled for completion by 2022.

Both the regional and Colac Renewable Organics Networks will take organic material and convert it to renewable energy and beneficial agribusiness products.

They will create a circular economy for the region’s organic waste, reduce landfill costs for councils and reduce water infrastructure energy costs for Barwon Water customers.

Barwon Water will continue to keep the community informed on the progress of the project.

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