Inspecting safety equipment for the bio-gas flare on the new waste water treatment plant at Richmond Dairies in Casino are (from left) maintenance engineer Trevor Boyd, company manager Chris Sharpe, and factory manager Colin Cole.
Inspecting safety equipment for the bio-gas flare on the new waste water treatment plant at Richmond Dairies in Casino are (from left) maintenance engineer Trevor Boyd, company manager Chris Sharpe, and factory manager Colin Cole. Doug Eaton

Casino's fiery nights solved

A FLAMING chimney in Casino left some Dyraaba Street residents afraid that buildings were burning on Thursday night.

The fire brigade responded twice, first at 8.30pm then again at 9.30pm, to reports of a building alight at the Richmond Dairies complex.

Station commander David Speed said firefighters found no fires, though they did manage to crack the mystery and discover the source of the flames.

“It turned out to be a new system in the factory designed to burn off methane – they just forgot to tell us about it,” he said.

Richmond Dairies manager Chris Sharpe said technicians were commissioning a new waste water treatment plant at the complex that required excess methane to be burnt off periodically.

Mr Sharpe said the system had only just been commissioned and they didn’t realise the flaming chimney would cause such a stir.

“As part of the new process, odourless methane gas is captured and safely burnt off through an intermittent automated gas flaring system,” he said.

“When fully operational the new plant will use less chemicals and energy in producing the higher quality treated water, generating fewer solids and eliminating the need to truck solid waste off the site on a daily basis.

“The process provides a much improved use of natural resources and an environmentally friendly method of treating effluent.”

Mr Sharpe said the necessary frequency of the burn-offs had yet to be determined, but he thought it would be intermittent.



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