Revolutionary Swine Manure Processing Facility Nearing Completion

by 5m Editor
30 October 2003, at 12:00am

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 1374. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.

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Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council
and Sask Pork.

Farm-Scape, Episode 1374

The construction of a revolutionary new swine manure processing facility near Cudworth, Saskatchewan has reached the halfway point.

Saskatoon based Clear-Green Environmental has partnered with Sask Power and Cudworth Pork Investors Group in the construction of a processing facility that will add value to swine manure.

Under the agreement Clear-Green is paying for and building an anaerobic digester and treatment facility that will assume manure management responsibilities for a 12 hundred sow farrow to finish operation near Cudworth.

Company President and CEO Ben Voss says, once operational, the facility will generate electricity which will be sold to Sask Power.

"An anaerobic digester, for those who don't know what that is, it's a series of tanks that are used to produce methane gas.

The manure is collected from the hog barns. The manure is pumped over to our facility, which is located directly beside the hog barns.

The manure is heated up and pumped and mixed in these anaerobic digesters enabling us to produce energy from the methane gas through co-generation.

All of the methane, which is very similar to natural gas, is burned in microturbines which are put in place by Sask Power.

The microturbines generate electricity which is all exported onto the grid. Heat is recovered off these microturbines which is used both by the power facility and the hog barns".

Construction of the new facility began this summer and, as of now, is estimated to be 50 percent complete.

Voss says the digesters are constructed and are set to be operational within the next six weeks. He is looking to have production underway toward near the end of next month.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

5m Editor