Biosolids plant makes Banksia Shortlist

Plenary Environment’s Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project is a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Awards; Australia’s most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards program.

The $76 million fully-enclosed thermal drying facility, delivered by Plenary Environment, is one of only two projects shortlisted in the category for Sustainable Water Management.

This latest shortlisting follows the Facility’s recent success at the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards where it won the prize for Environmental Protection.

Barwon Water’s Biosolids Management facility is co-located with Barwon Water’s Black Rock Reclamation Plant just outside of Geelong. It is the first of its kind in Australia and the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

The small footprint, fully enclosed thermal drying facility produces very dry pellets suitable for farm fertiliser and can be applied using standard fertiliser spreaders. The pellets are safe to handle, easy to transport and can be reused as a soil conditioner immediately after processing.

It’s co-location with the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant enables it to use recycled water from the reclamation plant for cooling purposes, reducing potable mains water use by up to 1,825 mega litres per annum.

Winners of the 2014 Banksia Awards will be announced on 11 November at a sustainability development summit in Sydney co-hosted by the Banksia Foundation and Sustainable Business Australia.

Founded in 1989, the Banksia Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation, overseen by a national Board of Management, which promotes environmental excellence and sustainability through its Awards program and other associated initiatives.