MSF Sugar has appointed German firm thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions as the Engineering, Procure, Construct (EPC) contractor for its $75 million Tableland Green Energy Power Plant.
Construction is scheduled to be under way by May 2017, with a handover date of July 2018 following commissioning.
The bagasse-fired plant, to be built at the Tableland Sugar Mill near Mareeba, is expected to be the first of four rolled out at MSF Sugar Queensland sites from 2018 to 2021 at a total cost of about $500 million.
MSF Sugar said thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions was chosen after an extensive selection process involving five potential providers.
MSF Sugar general manager business development Hywel Cook said the design, size and technology aspects for this particular project required a company with considerable expertise and commercial history in delivering large-scale industrial plants based on EPC lump sum contracts – this narrowed the field of choice.
“One priority for us was to source a company with an Australian presence and we achieved this. Wherever possible, subcontractors will be drawn from the local area,” he said.
Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Asia Pacific chief executive officer Jan Lueder said that thyssenkrupp was very proud to support MSF Sugar in its vision to grow highly efficient bio-power generation.
“We are committed to a long-term partnership with MSF Sugar to transform the sugar industry in Australia to become more green and sustainable. This facility, based on 100 per cent bio mass fuel, represents our first step towards setting new standards for the sugar industry in Australia and Asia,” he said.
The bagasse-fired Tableland Green Energy Power Plant will have a 24MW generation capacity, exporting about 16MW to the local grid, with the balance covering the mill’s internal demand.
Storage of bagasse will allow the facility to operate in non-harvesting season as well.
MSF Sugar and thyssenkrupp have also entered an agreement on the provision of Front-End-Engineering Designs (FEED) and implementation planning for the South Johnstone Green Power Plant Project, commencing early 2017.
MSF Sugar’s and thyssenkrupp’s intent is to continue the FEED work into plant construction mid 2017.
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