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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    ReNu Energy Limited


    Goulburn, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    18 May 2017

    End date

    23 October 2018

  • Project Partners
    This bioenergy project was completed on 23 October 2018.


The Goulburn Bioenergy project is led by ReNu Energy responsible for a Bioenergy Project at the Southern Meats Facility in Goulburn NSW.

Key results

This project built an anaerobic digester that captures biogas from the breakdown of effluent and organic waste from the Southern Meats abattoir. The gas is then fed into biogas generators to produce electricity for Southern Meats to operate their abattoir under a Power Purchase Agreement.

The project has the capacity to displace 75% of peak load and has the ability to draw mains gas to further meet peak loads

The project was built with a Build-Own-Operate-Maintain model (BOOM), ReNu Energy will sell power to the abattoir under a power purchase agreement (PPA). This will save the abattoir electricity costs whilst freeing up capital for the business.

Project innovation

The Goulburn Bioenergy project converts waste from the Southern Meats abattoir into bioenergy that is then used to power it.


The Project reduces site energy costs, methane emissions, and improves effluent quality.

In addition, the knowledge generated from the Project will enable agri-businesses and biowaste producers to make more informed decisions on the benefits of installing a biogas facility, the costs associated with a biogas facility and the different project structures available to implement a biogas development. The knowledge generated also will assist in streamlining the processes involved in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of other biogas systems.

Last updated 11 November 2022


Get past the yuck factor... This big idea is nothing to be sheepish about

Abattoirs are expensive to run – it takes a lot of power to slaughter and process an animal and to keep the carcass cold and fresh. And abattoirs produce a lot of waste, particularly liquid effluent, that’s challenging to dispose of.

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