Dis­rup­tion to Palmer­ston with MSF equip­ment

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

ABOUT five trucks a day over the next three weeks will be trans­port­ing key com­po­nents for MSF Sugar up the Palmer­ston Range.

The equip­ment is for MSF Sugar’s $75 mil­lion Green En­ergy Power Plant at their Table­land Mill at Ar­riga.

The ship­ping of the com­po­nents started on Wed­nes­day. The trucks will head to­wards In­n­is­fail and then up the Palmer­ston High­way and through Walka­min.

Truck driv­ers will be tar­get­ing off-peak travel times to en­sure only mi­nor dis­rup­tions are caused. The large com­po­nents have been bro­ken down into smaller pieces which will re­quire just a reg­u­lar semi­trailer. Among the shipload of 276 in­di­vid­ual items are the steam tur­bine and gen­er­a­tor pack­age for the power plant, which at $18 mil­lion is the largest sin­gle in­vest­ment item for the cor­ner­stone project.

The ship docked into Cairns last Sun­day and took sev­eral days to un­load with the op­er­a­tion be­ing com­pleted on Wed­nes­day.

MSF Sugar Table­land Green En­ergy Power Plant Project Man­ager Mark Mag­nanini said the ar­rival of the com­po­nents was a sig­nif­i­cant project mile­stone.

“With the ma­jor civil works com­pleted, our at­ten­tion now turns to con­struc­tion of the plant us­ing the high-pre­ci­sion, cus­tom-man­u­fac­tured com­po­nents that have ar­rived and oth­ers that are on the way,” Mr Mag­nanini said.

“It is ex­cit­ing to see the plant tak­ing shape. This is the first stage of our green en­ergy pipe­line and her­alds a new era for the Far North Queens­land sugar in­dus­try.”

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