Mazoon Dairy unveils unique biogas plant

Mazoon Dairy Company recently commenced operations of the first-of-its-kind biogas plant in the region in Al Sunaynah, which uses waste from cows to produce gas that is used as alternative energy to operate some facilities at the factory. The switching on of the plant recently took place in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Saeed Al-Awfi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman and the Board of Directors.

The biogas plant is part of the dairy’s strategy to adopt ecofriendly solutions and use waste to energy to enhance the efficiency of waste management. Yousuf bin Khamis Al-Fazari, Corporate Affairs Manager, said, “Mazoon Dairy is committed to adopting environmentally friendly solutions through waste management, and we are so proud to inaugurate the first biogas plant in the region using cow waste. The biogas plant will be used to produce methane gas that will be used to operate equipment at the plant, with plans to power even more of the plant with increased herd in the future. The first phase of the project will include 12,000 cows that are expected to produce about 225 tons of fertilizer per day.”

Engineer Hazza bin Abdullah Al Yahya, a member of projects and maintenance team said: “The farm currently includes 16 barns equipped with a special pond to collect cow waste, which will be transported through special containers to the biogas plant on a daily basis. As the number of cows at the farm increases, the plant will reduce its reliance on fossil fuel needed to operate some facilities. This will vastly contribute to managing waste produced by daily operations and drive up operational efficiency,” he added. Mazoon Dairy also plans to manage other waste produced at the site including plastic in the factory and recycle treated water from the sewage plant for irrigation in the facilities.