Biogas units generate electricity for Indonesian palm oil mill


  • Use of anaerobic digester reduces methane-rich greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduces unpleasant odour
  • Improves waste water treatment
  • Reduces diesel consumption for power generation
  • Biogas is a renewable energy source in Indonesia
  • Reduces dependency on diesel to generate electricity
  • Offsets the need for palm shells to generate power
  • Construction of the anaerobic digester system creates new jobs
  • Improves technical skills of employees operating and maintaining the new anaerobic digester system

The Opportunity

The Sei Pelakar palm oil mill in the Jambi Province of Sumatra, Indonesia, is owned by PT. Kresna Duta Agroindo (PT KDA). PT KDA wanted to adapt and improve its effluent anaerobic treatment system into a new covered biodigester system in order to capture the biogas produced during the anaerobic digestion process.

The biogas collected could then be used to generate enough power to run the 7.5 t/h kernel crushing plant at the mill, and meet the estate’s electricity demands.

The Solution

Guascor Energy provided two G-36SL, 600 kW-rated containerized biogas gen-sets.

The mill’s capacity is 60 t/h and processes an average of 285,000 tons of fresh fruit bunch per year. In addition to the crude palm oil extraction, Pelakar mill also processes kernel nuts.

The kernel crushing plant runs off palm shells and uses Diesel generators for back-up during peak demand. Generators are used to provide electricity for the estate and mill.

The Business

Guascor Energy is a leading company with more than 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of diesel and gas internal combustion engines with its own technology. The company offers some of the most efficient and environmentally friendly technology platforms, products and services in distributed power generation for oil and gas, industrial, institutional, commercial clients and rural electrification programs. In addition, our offer is completed by a range of diesel engines for marine applications for both propulsion and on-board generation.

A complete product range which meets the strictest regulatory and safety requirements always adapting to the customer´s needs.
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