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Hamilton City eyes biogas plant sale/lease options

posted Sep 24, 2012, 1:49 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 1:49 PM ]
"A $1.7m gas-to-electricity plant that city council managers have spent five years and millions of dollars struggling to make work as planned could be sold. The plant is barely used for up to four months a year because it is cheaper to buy electricity in warmer months than run it on imported natural gas. "Big Yell", a high-performance 2000kW Caterpillar gas engine bought five years ago, was meant to generate cheap electricity and heat from blended biogas at the Pukete sewage treatment plant. But Hamilton City Council is investigating selling or leasing the plant, and concede it lacks the generation expertise to maximise its operation"


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