Wiley bags State award for Innovation in Environmental Management


A Wiley-designed, JSB Australia-owned self-sustainable biogas and water treatment plant has won the construction company its second Innovation in Environmental Management award at the recent Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) State Awards, having already won the same category at QMBA’s regional awards earlier this year.

image provided: Graham Harvey with the award win
Image provided: Graham Harvey with the award

Developed in partnership with JSB Australia at its Dinmore facility, the plant captures cattle emissions to power an existing natural gas-fired boiler plant, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 89% and saving more than $1 million a year on natural gas costs.

“This is an industry benchmark demonstrating the reality of environmental processing solutions for heavy emission producers. It is a great win for Wiley, JBS Australia, and everyone involved,” Wiley Project Director, Graham Harvey, said.

“Winning both the regional and state award for Innovation in Environmental Management is an exciting achievement for the company and a great reward for the team’s hard work and out-of-the-box thinking. The company’s heritage as a global leader in food facilities and plant design, consulting, and construction has provided the Australasian business with unparalleled experience in complex builds and structures that lends itself to projects that others struggle to handle alone,” Managing Director, Tom Wiley, said.

This world-class biogas facility features a new 20ML Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL), which, along with the covering of two existing Anaerobic Lagoons with high density polyethylene, allows it to efficiently capture biogas and burn it through the boiler to provide energy for the plant.

In addition, the project also included installation of biogas train to pipe biogas from the CALs to a central flare and then to the existing 10WMW boiler, and an upgraded Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) with a new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) unit.