Disruption to Palmerston with MSF equipment
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.”