Tairawhiti is in the Gisborne region on the east cost of the North Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa). In addition to welcoming the sun, Gisborne saw some of the first Maori land here after their epic Pacific navigations in the fourteenth century. Te Tai Rawhiti is the customary Maori name used to describe the Gisborne Region.
This project has been developed in collaboration with the Gisborne District Council, which will derive significant benefits for its ratepayers through reduced waste being disposed in landfill and the associated environmental benefits, lower waste management costs and increased local employment.
The feedstocks for the WTE facility will be made available from the local Manawatu District Council and consist of sorted MSW, plastics and timber slash from the local forestry operations.
The outputs from the facility are bio-diesel, green electricity and biochar. This facility will not produce greenhouse gases and will satisfy all environmental regulations.
Electricity 1.8MW (43MWh/day)
Syn-Diesel: 14,000 Litres / day (EN-590 Grade)
Char: 2 tons / day
Bioplant Tairawhiti Project
Gisborne, New Zealand
Bioplant Tairawhiti NZ Limited
Amount of Waste to be Processed
42 tons / day mixed sorted and dried plastics, mixed MSW and /or timber and biomass wastes.
The Facility will comprise:
- Pre-treatment equipment designed to sort over 60 tons/day waste.
- 1 x Bioplant 40 ton/day twin furnace pyrolysis modular Hybrid plant
- 2 x 1.1MW waste heat drive generators.
- Syngas cooling, cleaning and oil refining equipment
- Buildings and site infrastructure, including connecting to the electricity grid.
This is equivalent to supplying green power to 1,500 homes and saving over 25,000 tons per year of GHG emissions from reduced landfill and fossil fuel production. This is equivalent to taking in excess 5,000 cars off the road and it supports "Kaitiakitanga" (New Zealand Iwe guardianship of the land).
See Bioplant website CSR activities.