Clean Fuel Powers Shoalhaven Starches Site
Clean fuel, manufactured locally at the Shoalhaven Starches site, represents a huge innovative step taken in low-emission manufacturing.
With sustainability at its core, a state-of-the-art $190 million co-generation project is currently in construction, consisting of turbines and a dedicated pipeline. Predicated on stable, reliable, and affordable energy, the project will power the site round-the-clock with low carbon fuel.
Operational in 2023, the ground-breaking project strengthens the site’s manufacturing capabilities, boosts local industries and creates hundreds of jobs, including 170 construction workers across both projects.
Manildra Group Managing Director, John Honan said, “Remarkably the project will generate 100 per cent of the site’s electricity, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent, eliminate coal from our supply chain and fundamentally, secure the site’s energy future.”
Foundations were completed in September 2022, with installation starting on the 60-megawatt gas-fired co- generation plant, complete with advanced turbines. The turbines burn natural gas to drive two 30-megawatt generators, utilising the waste heat to create steam to power the site.
Construction is soon to commence on a pipeline which will deliver gas directly to the site from Pestells Lane, with the project currently employing 50 construction workers.