The first shipments of fabricated structural steel are expected to arrive at the plant this month, MSF Sugar Tableland’s green power plant project manager Mark Magnanini saying it would be used to build the heart of the plant. he factory, an 87 bar high pressure boiler fueled with biomass.
“With all of the design and engineering now complete, the team is excited to move on to the construction phase,” he said.
He said members of the project team will travel to Thailand in September to begin detailed training, operation and maintenance planning with parent company Mitr Phol.
As a cornerstone of MSF Sugar’s move into the biofuel industry, the power plant is attracting interest from all sectors of the community.
POWER SUPPLY WARNINGS
The news came on the same day that the Australian Energy Market Operator warned the national electricity market was struggling to provide a reliable supply as coal-fired power plants shut down.
The AMEO has warned that southern states could face power outages during the summer as demand increases and people turn on air conditioners to survive the heat.
As the dire warnings apply to parts of the country, Treasurer and Energy Minister Curtis Pitt was quick to point out that Queensland’s supply was secure and that the sunny state had enough energy to power other regions.
“The AEMO report predicts that Queensland’s power generation, which is supported by coal and gas-fired generators and an increasingly diverse mix of renewables and supporting technologies, will be able to meet expected demand in all forecast scenarios, ”he said.
“In fact, Queensland’s supply is so secure that we will continue to export the electricity supply interstate, which means we can help cover anticipated shortages in the southern states due to extreme weather conditions like the heat waves of last summer. “
TRANSFORMATION COMPANY DETAILS
The story of MSF’s power plant – and the vision to transform the company into a modern, integrated sugarcane company – will be the focus of the September meeting of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Barry, CEO of MSF Sugar, and Hywel Cook, Managing Director of Business Development, will give a presentation on the future of the company and what TNQ means to chamber members.
The chamber meeting will be held on September 15 at the Shangri-La Hotel from 11:30 am to 2 pm, for more information click on here.