Friday, 20 December 2013 10:33

Mill considering bio-energy power

The owners of a timber sawmill in South Australia's south-east are considering a bio-energy plant as part of multi-million dollar upgrade.

logs imtThe sawmill at Tarpeena is set to undergo an upgrade after Timberlink Australia purchased it from Gunns.

Timberlink is investigating whether a bio-energy plant, using wood waste residues, could provide power for the mill and the grid.

The company's chief executive Ian Tyson, says such a plant could cost up to $100 million, but would have long term benefits

"Around the world this is becoming something that is becoming quite a normal part of major sawmilling, major manufacturing assets and is a proven technology," Mr Tyson said.

"We believe once we've done all the ground work on it, that this could be well be a real opportunity for this site and for this community."

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