Making Bio Gas out of organic food waste project launched

Prime Minister Tuilaepa and guests at the projects opening at the Samoa Tourism Compound

By Tulifau Auva’a

APIA: WEDNESDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2014: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi officially launched the Bio Gas Resources testing Project yesterday at the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) compound.

The bio gas is made from organic waste from the local food waste from hotels and restaurants and plants at this time of high level occupancy with delegates attending the SIDS conference.

“This is one of many wonderful projects we are launching this afternoon located within the Samoa Tourism compound and is the first for the tourism industry,” said Tuilaepa.

“This will host the communities to learn the process of making bio gas out of organic food waste, green leaves and animal manure,” said Tuilaepa.

He said there are 13 renewable energy projects the Government is pushing now with the hope that in 2017, the projects are completed and available for the public use.

“We want to reduce the diesel but use resources from our environment,” said Tuilaepa.

The Bio Gas project was funded by the British Government.

The British High Commissioner, Jonathan Sinclair LVO said the United Kingdom Government has committed nearly 4 billion from 2011 to 2016, to tackling climate change through the International Climate fund.

“It is one of our top development priorities and the funding supports emissions reduction programmes to keep temperature rises below 2 degrees Centigrade, and it helps the poorest and most vulnerable to climate change to adapt to the changing climate,” he said.

The resources testing and community Engagement centre is a project developed by Bio-Enceptionz under a Memorandum of Understanding between the British High Commission, the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).

According to Tuilaepa there are six cell biodigsters that, over time, will test all the main potential of feedstock resources for biogas programmes in Samoa for their biogas efficacy.

The Resources testing area also has a permanent operation food waste digester to ensure continuous production and storage of biogas under the community engagement element of the project.

The storage biogas will be made available to a public biogas barbecue station that has been provided in the main fale on the grounds of the Samoa Tourism Cultural Village in the heart of Apia town.