Grampians Gas is a transformational bioenergy and Circular Economy project, to be developed and centred around Ararat, in western Victoria.

In a region known all over the world for its cereal cropping, this project is designed to maximise the effective use of low-grade or excess straw and stubble, and potentially other organic waste streams, transforming them into renewable gas, electricity, heat and other valuable co-products.

“This is a transformational and groundbreaking clean energy project, designed to create local jobs, attract new investment and industries to Ararat and deliver some serious innovation for our agricultural sector. I especially like the focus on community outcomes and am delighted to be working with Valorify in bringing the Grampians Gas project to life.”

Dr Tim Harrison
CEO, Ararat Rural City

There are many potential benefits associated with this project concept,
including:

  • ​​Potential to achieve long term, meaningful carbon drawdown by sequestering and stabilising it in soil, while improving the quality and productivity of local farmland.
  • Creating permanent jobs for the community during construction, but also across the straw supply chain in baling, haulage and the operation of the plant itself, creating a multiplying effect on regional GDP and building wealth in the region.
  • Potential to provide stable, ‘baseload’ quality electricity supply to complement asynchronous wind and solar PV generation in the grid, and/or to decarbonise mains gas supply.

  • Aligning to policy directives and community expectations around the ‘Circular Economy’, including the Victorian Gas Substitution Roadmap, amongst others.

  • The primary energy asset forming the centrepiece of a new ‘industrial ecology’ subdivision, designed to attract new investment and industry that can benefit from direct access to low carbon, “behind the meter” energy, as well as other products and services, creating even more jobs.
  • A key objective of creating a ‘Discretionary Trust’ structure to provide a pool of funds that will support ongoing investment into the Grampians region, as a way of ‘giving back’ to the local community and spreading these benefits.

for
farmers & suppliers:

  • Removes the variability of market demand, price volatility and the annual management headache associated with excess straw and stubble by providing a stable offtake.
  • Avoids both the cost and risk of annual stubble burn-off, a practice that may well soon be phased out through regulation, turning this liability and source of carbon emissions into a steady, annual stream of revenue.

  • Provides payment to farmers that supports regional economic growth and community development.
  • Presents a platform for improved carbon and nutrient management on farm, potentially also reducing opex and improving crop productivity.
  • An ‘opt in’ prospect for investment in the project itself for registered suppliers.

“Utilising cereal straw for energy aligns strongly with increasing importance of utilising local renewable resources to drive a circular economy while encouraging a platform which showcases a leading global example of agricultural innovation in action. Given the scale of cereal straw production in Australia, this has real potential to provide an important benchmark and ‘alternative use’ case for agricultural residues that benefits farmers and the wider community”

David Jochinke
Vice-President, National Farmers Federation

“Utilising cereal straw for energy aligns strongly with increasing importance of utilising local renewable resources to drive a circular economy while encouraging a platform which showcases a leading global example of agricultural innovation in action. Given the scale of cereal straw production in Australia, this has real potential to provide an important benchmark and ‘alternative use’ case for agricultural residues that benefits farmers and the wider community”

David Jochinke
Vice-President, National Farmers Federation