The sugarcane industry is set to fundamentally change in Far North Queensland following an announcement today by the Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham, of State Government support of MSF Sugar’s Biorefinery Project on the Atherton Tableland.
Once operational, MSF Sugar’s Biorefinery Project will be a world first initiative that will see the company produce sugar, green base load electricity and ethanol from one location, with all three products manufactured through the effective and efficient use of biomass materials grown locally on the Atherton Tableland.
Supporting the project through the State Government Biofutures Acceleration Program (BAP), the announcement by Minister Lynham recognises the MSF Sugar Tableland Biorefinery Project as one that will deliver on the Government’s vision to develop an industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector in Queensland. Still in its infancy, the sector requires substantial research investment to uncover innovative scientific and industrial technologies designed to convert sustainable waste into bioproducts.
Minister Lynham’s announcement took place earlier today at MSF Sugar’s Tableland Mill during a media event on the construction site of another of the company’s major step-change projects, that being it’s Green Energy Power Plant which is scheduled for completion in 2018.
The Government support obtained through the BAP will be used by MSF Sugar to complete a farm to market feasibility study that examines all areas of the value chain relating to the establishment of a Biorefining industry on the Atherton Tableland, effectively fast-tracking the company’s plans to diversify the industry.
MSF Sugar’s Biorefinery Project builds on the company’s vision to build a biofutures legacy for the people of Far North Queensland, with estimates for the project predicting a doubling of revenue for the sugarcane industry and the creation of year-round, high-value and knowledge-intensive regional jobs. This will lead to a more diversified and durable economy, bringing both economic and environmental benefits to the Tableland region.
The Biorefinery will be an enhanced sugar mill consisting of four important sections; the sugar mill, an agave juice mill, the green power station and a distillery(…)