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MSM Milling nears completion of fuel switch project

In early 2019, MSM Milling Pty Ltd will become one of Australia's first large-scale food manufacturers to use biomass for thermal energy. Commissioning of a new AU$5.8 million dollar biomass boiler development at its oilseed processing facility in Manildra, New South Wales (MSW) is scheduled to start in the next fortnight, following years of research and planning and six months of development and construction on site.

The new Justsen Energiteknik biomass boiler system being installed at MSM Milling’s oilseed processing facility in Manildra, New South Wales (NSW). Replacing LPG boilers, the new ARENA co-financed plant will be one of Australia’s first biomass thermal applications in the large-scale food sector when commissioned in early 2019 (photo courtesy MSM Milling).

In June 2018, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) granted MSM Milling AU$2 million towards the AU$5.8 million 4.88 MW biomass fuelled boiler, which will use locally sourced renewable woodchips to generate steam to power production, replacing LPG gas fired boilers the business currently uses.

MSM Milling Director Bob Mac Smith said the ARENA funding combined with a significant company investment not only cements the future of a regionally-based global food industry leader, but it also helps secure the jobs of 70 employees and allows the company to pioneer the way for other Australian manufacturers to adopt renewable energy technology.

MSM Milling spent a number of years researching to find the optimal thermal energy solution for the plant to further secure the future and allow us to continue to provide sought after trusted oil and value-added oilseed products to local and international markets. The boiler will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel energy use and depletion, while increasing renewable energy generation in NSW, all in line with our company’s commitment to operate within the lowest carbon footprint, the highest energy and water efficiency and the least overall environmental impact. We’ve partnered with experienced technology providers Justsen Energiteknik and engineering and carbon energy expert Ndevr Environmental for this project and will share the process of technology adoption to encourage further uptake within the Australian manufacturing sector, said Bob Mac Smith, Director,MSM Milling.

The first load of sustainably sourced woodchips was delivered to MSM Milling this week, ahead of the boiler’s commissioning in early January 2019.

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