Key components for MSF Sugar’s $75 million Green Energy Power Plant have landed in Cairns en-route to their final destination at the Tableland Mill.
Among the shipload of 276 individual items is 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 on Sunday 5 November and took several days to unload, with the operation finishing on Wednesday 8 November.
MSF Sugar Tableland Green Energy Power Plant Project Manager Mark Magnanini said “following the successful unloading of the ship the items will now be road transported to our construction site”.
“This will be done over two to three weeks with approximately five loads transported each day.
“The bulk of the shipment will use normal road freight transport and the logistics will be handled by the principal contractor for the project, ThyssenKrupp. The process will have minimal impact on road users as components will be transported outside of peak times”.
Mr 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.”
The sentiment is echoed by Andrew Chatto, Project Development Manager for Panalpina World Transport, who was on-hand to oversee receipt of the shipment into Cairns.
“This shipment is very important for Cairns. The project is exciting as it’s the first of its kind for the region and is a sizable project.
“Over the last three days we’ve successfully discharged 800,000 kilograms or 800 metric tonnes of cargo from the ship, with the next stage being the transport to the Tableland Mill at Arriga.
“This is a significant project. There are multiple people involved and multiple contractors involved – most of them local – so it’s a fantastic opportunity for the region”.
Construction of the new green energy power plant started in May this year at the Arriga site, west of Cairns, and is on track to be completed by July 2018.
Once operational, the power plant will use a 100 per cent renewable sugarcane fibre, known as bagasse, to produce 24 megawatts of electricity – enough to power every house in the Tableland region.
- 276 high-precision, custom-manufactured components were shipped on the vessel HR Endeavour from Mumbai and Chennai in India to Cairns, arriving into the port on Sunday 5 November
- The cargo, which weighed a total of 800,000 kilograms or 800 metric tonnes, was discharged from the vessel over three consecutive days
- The components will be transported by road to MSF Sugar’s Tableland Mill over a three week period, with approximately five loads transported per day (75-80 loads in total)