Use / Host
Bagasse (sugar cane fibre residue) is combusted in a boiler to produce steam which is passed through a steam turbine thereby generating electricity for the process. The Tableland Mill uses steam for evaporation and concentration of cane juice to make syrup that is then processed into raw sugar at the Babinda and Mourilyan (Company owned), and Mulgrave mills.
The mill’s major processing plant and innovative technology was designed and manufactured by Bundaberg Foundry Engineers Ltd, also part of the
Tate & Lyle Bundaberg (Group), who also undertook the project management of construction of the Mill.
Energy Purchase and Supply
Steam for the turbine is raised by burning bagasse.
Most of the electricity generated is used on site. However up to 3 MW of electricity can be exported and is sold into the local electricity grid.
The generator is non-market, non-scheduled under the National Electricity Market.
The generation plant operates seasonally from about June to December at base-load to meet the mill’s energy requirements.
The plant is designated as renewable and effectively produces no net greenhouse gas emissions.
Owner: Bundaberg Sugar Ltd
Capacity: 7 MW
Location: Tableland Mill, Arriga. Southwest of Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands.
Commissioned: July 1998
Capital Cost: Construction Contractor:
Operator: Bundaberg Sugar Ltd
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