The Fletcher International abattoir has successfully moved to burning wood chips from plantation waste to provide steam for their Narrikup site near Albany in Western Australia. Two new boilers generate approximately six tonnes of steam each day. The steam is used to provide the 10 tonnes of hot water required for sanitation purposes at the site every day.
Fletcher have cited both financial and environmental benefits of their move to wood fuel. With a spend of $4.5 million, they are hoping to see a return on their investment within 5 years.