A$120m cogeneration plant to reduce Australian firm’s emissions


This week sees the activation of Mackay Sugar’s A$120m cogeneration power plant in Queensland, Australia.

The power created will be used to power its Racecourse Mill and refinery facilities with surplus energy to be designated to Queensland’s power grid.
The plant will incinerate fibre left after crushing sugar cane, known as bagasse. Its power exports – expected to run 50 weeks a year – will reduce the region’s coal-fired carbon dioxide emissions by about 200,000 tonnes a year, while earning the company renewable energy certificates and payment for the electricity itself.

The company expects the project to remove Mackay Sugar from Australia’s top carbon emitters list.

Energy Efficiency Council, Rob Murray-Leach, said “are starting to understand that energy efficiency is the urgent and the easy way to deal with rising energy prices and carbon emissions,” Mr Murray-Leach said.

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