RenewableDevelopments Australia (RDA) is developing a fully integrated biofuel facility near the township of Charters Towers in North Queensland, Australia.
The Project involves the development of a fully integrated sugarcane farming, processing and ethanol distillation facility. The Pentland Bioenergy Project is fully integrated with feedstock grown on-site and controlled within the project. Investors will have full control and visibility over the cost and quality of feedstock, materially improving investment performance and economics when compared to traditional operations.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have provided a $3 million grant to RDA to support progression of the project to Financial Close.
28,500 hectares of high yield agricultural land approximately 50 km south-west of Charters Towers has been secured via a long-term lease for Stage 1 development.
Further expansion is possible post Stage 1 with the option for second generation ethanol production and additional contiguous land secured for future stages of development.
The Project intends to extract the full value of the sugarcane’s potential, with annual production estimated to include:
- Approximately 190 million litres of high grade bioethanol from first generation processing.
– Approximately 700 kilotonnes of bagasse, a byproduct of the diffusion and extraction process, used to power a 16 megawatt cogeneration plant located on site, generating valuable Large-scale Generation Certificates for sale.
- ARENA Funding – https://arena.gov.au/projects/pentland-bioenergy-project/
- Pentland website – http://rdaust.com/pentland-bioenergy-project.html
- Presentation at Bioenergy Australia Event 2017 – Update on Pentland Bioenergy Project