Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun’s new cogeneration facility will cut its carbon intensity by 26 per cent.
Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun’s new cogeneration facility will cut its carbon intensity by 26 per cent. Submitted

Yarwun to cut carbon emissions

THE Labor Government failed with pushing through their emissions trading scheme and now local industry is offsetting with their own.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun operation announced on Monday that it would cut its carbon intensity by 26 per cent when its new cogeneration facility is fully operational.

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun general manager of operations Mike Dunstan said the cogeneration facility was a good investment in the refinery’s future.

“The addition of this facility is a sign that Rio Tinto Alcan is serious about cutting greenhouse gas emissions and finding innovative environmental solutions,” Mr Dunstan said.

“The cogeneration facility will be an extremely valuable asset to the business. It will assist us in continuing to provide a reliable, high-quality product to our customers, as well as reduce our greenhouse gas intensity.”

The cogeneration facility is designed to supply steam to use in the refining process and electricity to power the equipment on site, with surplus electricity sold into the national grid.

The use of natural gas in the facility will result in a 26% reduction in carbon intensity for the overall operation.

It is expected the unit will be commissioned over the coming months and be fully operational later this year.



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