Bio-gas to power NSW households and businesses

The Australian Government and NSW Government are backing Australia’s first biomethane-to-gas project that will see thousands of NSW homes and businesses using renewable gas for cooking, heating and hot water.

Biomethane is produced from organic material and can be easily blended with geological natural gas.

Energy infrastructure company Jemena has partnered with Sydney Water to generate biomethane at the Malabar Wastewater Treatment Plant and inject it into Jemena’s existing distribution network.

The project has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 5,000 tonnes each year.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said gas plays a key role in delivering reliable and affordable energy.

‘The government is committed to partnering with industry and supporting projects that drive the gas-led recovery from the COVID-19 recession, which is why we are backing this exciting, innovative project,’ Minister Taylor said.

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing, said partnering with the private sector through innovation will be crucial to unlocking the potential of wastewater to help power Greater Sydney.

‘The nation’s largest wastewater treatment plant at Malabar will be able to produce about 95,000GJ of biomethane each year based on current volumes which is enough to meet the gas demand of 6,300 homes,’ Minister Pavey said.

Biomethane is expected to be supplied to the network by 2022.

For more information, see the Ministers’ joint media release.