Expressions of interest called for WA integrated timber processing yard
The Forest Products Commission is exploring the feasibility of developing an Integrated Timber Processing
Yard in the South West of Western Australia. The facility will improve forest management outcomes by increasing the utilisation of harvested material.
The proposed yard will process native forest and plantation logs that cannot currently be used by local mills into higher-value billets for use in products such as veneer and sawn timber. It is intended that the residue will be processed on the same site into products such as charcoal, wood pellets, heat and power.
New Business and Innovation Director John Tredinnick said a centralised yard had the potential to improve the efficiency of forest operations and increase the value earned from the State’s wood resource.
“This will allow us to create new, higher value markets using logs that don’t currently meet sawlog specifications,” he said.
“The key to making this work will be the development of a merchandising line with the capability to debark and scan long length logs prior to docking and sorting into log grades.”
Mr Tredinnick said native forest logs from State forests will provide the primary supply to the yard, with private forest growers also getting an opportunity to supply logs.
“The yard has the potential to create additional primary jobs in the timber industry as well as secondary jobs in the South West,” he said.
“The FPC is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from industry to build and operate the facility and the EOI will be used to consider potential locations that provide the maximum benefit to industry and community.”
Information is being sought from a range of interested parties, including landowners, equipment suppliers, engineering firms, timber processors and log buyers.
Outcomes of the EOI will help assess the feasibility of the project and also inform an upcoming tender process.
For more information visit Tenders WA at www.tenders.wa.gov. au and type eoi22 into the Current Tender Search.