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Veolia鈥檚 Pomethane® technology offers affordable, greener solution to treat palm oil mills effluents

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Cleaner palm oil production technology launched at industry conference
Singapore, November 30, 2012Pomethane®, developed by Veolia's subsidiary Biothane, is a new, reliable cost-effective solution for more environmentally friendly palm oil production and is helping leading producers reduce manufacturing impacts, save money and energy.
Veolia鈥檚 Pomethane® technology has already been implemented by several Southeast Asian companies, including Felda, Malaysia鈥檚 largest crude palm oil producer. Pomethane®鈥檚 official launch was announced this week during a presentation by Lars HJORTH, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, Wastewater Business Development Manager, South East Asia Design & Build Projects Group, at the industry鈥檚 2012 POMREQ* conference in Malaysia.
Pomethane® represents a best practice application for managing palm oil industrial waste through an anaerobic thermophilic digestion process. Methane captured from manufacturing waste materials is converted to biogas and electricity and/or steam and hot water. In addition to increasing the diversity and security of the plant鈥檚 electricity supply, the process enables dramatically improved environmental performance, including reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, lower risks of river and soil pollution and improved land, forest and ecosystem conservation.
In addition to highlighting the environmental and energy benefits, HJORTH said that value creation is a major factor why anaerobic digestion processes like Pomethane® have the potential to transform palm oil manufacturing practices. 鈥淥ne obstacle to adoption of cleaner solutions to treating Palm Oil Mill Effluents (POME) has been an absence of compelling economic arguments,鈥 he said. 鈥Pomethane® enables plants to recover the energy from POME to power their mill production and staff quarters, with some plants able to produce enough gas to become energy self-reliant or even generate revenue through the sale of excess electricity back to the grid.鈥 
Additional value can be created from recycling treated POME as liquid fertilizer that can be used directly in the plantation. Solid/fiber fertilized biomass can also be recovered for use in the plantation or for sale on the market.
Veolia also has demonstrated that Pomethane® can be combined with an aerobic polishing plant to achieve a final effluent discharge of BOD < 20ppm. This opens up additional value creation potential through the re-use of water for irrigation and the application of wastewater sludge as fertilizer.
At Felda鈥檚 60-ton Serting Hilir Palm Oil Mill, the 1.2MW generated per hour supplies energy to both the plant鈥檚 own production facility and the grid of the local energy provider. The highly efficient treatment process yields a level of COD removal exceeding 90% and enables a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to download the case study.
* National Seminar on Palm Oil Milling, Refining, Environment and Quality 
About Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, subsidiary of Veolia Water, is a leading design & build company and a specialized provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With 10,767 employees, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies recorded revenue of 鈧2.315 billion in 2011. www.veoliawaterst.com
Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world鈥檚 major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 96,651 employees in 69 countries, Veolia Water provides water service to 103 million people and wastewater service to 73 million. Its 2011 revenue amounted to 鈧12.617 billion. www.veoliawater.com
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