‘Green’ ex­port plant

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

A PLANNED “state of the art” live­stock fa­cil­ity near Mount Lar­com has a goal to be­come “fu­ture proof” and save mil­lions of dol­lars ev­ery year.

Asia Pacific Agri-Corp (APAC) has re­vealed its plans to be wholly-pow­ered by re­new­able energy at its pro­posed Euroa Live­stock Ex­port and Pro­cess­ing Fa­cil­ity to pre­vent the de­vel­op­ment from suf­fer­ing fi­nan­cially from elec­tric­ity costs.

Pub­lished in a busi­ness case about the so­lar, bat­tery and hy­dro­gen in­fra­struc­ture it hopes to build, the com­pany ex­pects to spend about $100 mil­lion on a so­lar farm and car park roof topped with so­lar pan­els.

The re­new­able energy pro­duc­tion also in­cludes a hi-tech plant to pro­duce 1,000,000 kilo­grams of hy­dro­gen a year.

“The fa­cil­ity will use ap­prox­i­mately 44.4GWh of elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally, at a cur­rent mar­ket cost of ap­prox­i­mately $4.9 mil­lion,” it said in the re­port.

“Energy con­sump­tion of this mag­ni­tude ex­poses the de­vel­op­ment to elec­tric­ity price risk which is ac­cen­tu­ated by re­cent and fore­cast con­tin­u­ing elec­tric­ity price hikes.”

The energy re­sourc­ing re­port, pre­pared by Pitt and Sherry on be­half of APAC’s Dan Daly, said the com­pany wanted to in­vest heav­ily in hy­dro­gen, de­scrib­ing it as the “fuel for the fu­ture”.

It wants to con­struct a Hy­dro­gen Elec­trol­yser Plant on-site to pro­duce hy­dro­gen to fuel heavy ve­hi­cles, which lead­ing Aus­tralian sci­en­tists in­clud­ing the CSIRO have tri­alled in Aus­tralia since 2004.

“APAC is con­struct­ing an in­no­va­tive and lead­ing prac­tice fa­cil­ity that will fu­ture proof the busi­ness against util­ity and fuel price in­creases and max­imise re­new­able energy use,” it said.

“This process in­cludes the in­tro­duc­tion of ma­jor tech­no­log­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture in both in­dus­trial hy­dro­gen and oxy­gen pro­duc­tion to­gether with fuel cell op­er­a­tion.” PHOTO: ASIA PACIFIC AGRI-CORP

The Glad­stone State De­vel­op­ment Area pro­posed pro­ject, 12km west of Glad­stone, would cre­ate 380 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion and 335 jobs once built.

The hi-tech abat­toir would be the third pur­pose-built beef pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity con­structed in Aus­tralia in the past 60 years.

At its peak it would process 2400 head a day for ex­port to China.

❝ Energy con­sump­tion of this mag­ni­tude ex­poses the de­vel­op­ment to elec­tric­ity price risk...

PO­TEN­TIAL: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the fa­cil­ity in Glad­stone.

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