Sugar energry under way on the Tablelands
MSF Sugar Tablelands Mill, just south-west of Mareeba, believe they hold the answer to fix the shortage of baseload power, transforming agricultural products traditionally considered waste, into a baseload power.
A number of coalfired power stations have been tipped to close over the next decade. The Federal Government has been urged to consider more renewable generators to fix the predicted shortage of baseload power.
MSF Sugar business developement general manager Hywel Cook said there is a $75 million green energy power plant currently under construction on the Atherton Tablelands which could hold the key.
“Our green energy power plant will turn a 100 per cent sugar cane fibre product know as bagasse into electricity and it is our first foray into the exciting biofuels space,” Mr Cook said.
“The plant is currently under construction and will be producing 24 megawatts of electricity which, according to the Queensland Governement Powering North Queensland, is enough to power 26,280 homes .” MSF Sugar plans to develop 4,000 hectares of farmland into agave, a new crop grown extensively in Mexico to produce tequila, as a source of biomass material.
Mr Cook said the plant will come online in June 2018 and once operational, the plant will be driven by bagasse, which the second crop blue agave being investigated to supplement the cane to ensure reliable 12 month operations.