A group of 40 officials and industry players visited a pig farm in Sihanoukville to see how it is being fuelled by biomass as part of a UNIDO initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
On December 13, 40 people from relevant government institutions, banks, farms and academia visited M’s Pig ACMC to learn about the benefits of biogas technology and other wastes to energy technologies that are being implemented by Mong Retthy Group.
The aim was to showcase how the pig farm in Sihanoukville’s Monorom Village is using commercial biogas technology to promote the adoption of the technology as a waste management solution and alternative energy generation, while contributing to reducing GHGs emission.
The initiative forms part of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) “Reduction of Greenhouse gas emission through Promotion of Commercial Biogas Plants” project, which has been jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
UNIDO has collaborated with M's Pig ACMC to show how commercial biogas technology can be used to generate electricity. The biogas-based power plant operates with a 640kW biogas generator. It consumes biogas at a rate of 225 Nm3/h or about 2 million Nm3/year.
This means the farm has the potential to generate 2,332,800kWh per year using biogas as a fuel source. This prevents it from emitting 47,418 tCO2eq of methane into the atmosphere every year.
Neak Oknha Mong Reththy told the visitors that his pig farms, palm oil processing factory, and pig feed manufacturing factory have been adopting renewable energy, particularly wastes, as a source of electricity generation since they started. In addition to electricity, these technologies produce fertiliser residues, such as bio-slurry and fiber residues, that can be used to enrich the agricultural soil.
Tin Ponlok, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, said M’s Pig ACMC is a model agri-business that should be replicated by other businesses as it recycles waste and transforms it into energy.