MSF Sugar has proposed plans to set up a new biorefinery project in the Atherton Tableland region of Queensland, Australia.
The new biorefinery will be an improved sugar mill, including an agave juice mill, green power station, and a distillery. It will be one of the world’s first initiatives to produce sugar, green base load electricity, and ethanol from one location.
All three products will be manufactured with biomass materials grown locally on the Atherton Tableland.
MSF Sugar business development general manager Hywel Cook said: “The A$60m ($45m) Biorefinery complex we propose to develop is expected to create 80 construction / farming and 50 operational jobs for the agricultural business sector and around 180 jobs and A$97m ($73m) flow-on for regional businesses, as well as produce 110,000t of raw sugar, 200,000MW of green electricity for the grid, and 55ml of ethanol biofuel annually.
“The green electricity will be base load generation operating 12 months per year using the fibre from the sugar cane and blue agave.”
The Queensland Government is providing funding from its Biofutures Acceleration Programme to progress feasibility studies and accelerate construction of the proposed biorefinery.
Results from the studies will be used to assess the commercial viability of the project, and enable MSF Sugar to to decide on when to begin construction.