Biomass Power Plants in Australia
Isis Central Extension
Location: QLD
Operator: Ergon Energy Corp Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 25.5 MW CHP
Operation: 2006
Fuel: bagasse
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Peter Brotherhood, WEG
EPC: i.power solutions
Quick Facts: This CHP plant cost A$23mn. Work began in mid-2004 and the plant went online in Jun 2006. About 70% of the annual seasonal output of 65 GWh is exported to the grid.

Photograph courtesy of i.power solutions
Posted 16 Jan 2010

Location: QLD
Operator: Maryborough Sugar
Configuration: 1 X 750 kW, 2 X 2 MW CHP
Operation: 1972
Fuel: bagasse
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: B&M, Peter Brotherhood, Allen

Photograph courtesy of Maryborough Sugar
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Rocky Point-3
Location: QLD
Operator: Stanwell Corp
Configuration: 1 X 30 MW CHP
Operation: 2001
Fuel: bagasse, wood
Boiler supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
Quick facts: This facility was built as a joint venture with W H Heck & Sons Pty Ltd, owner of the Rocky Point Sugar Mill. It operates year-round and was Australia's largest biomass power plant at completion.

Photograph courtesy of Stanwell Corp
Posted 12 Oct 2004

Suncoast Gold
Location: QLD
Operator: Ergon Energy Corp
Configuration: 1 X 1.5 MW CHP
Operation: 2003
Fuel: macadamian nut shells
Boiler supplier: Queensland Boilers
T/G supplier: Nadroski
EPC: Ergon Energy and local contractors
Quick facts: Suncoast Gold, a coop owned by 14 macadamia growers, is Australia's second biggest macadamia nut processor and previously discarded 5,000t of shell every year. Steam is also extracted to dry the nuts prior to processing.

Photograph courtesy of Ergon Energy Corp
Posted 26 Nov 2004

Sunshine Broadwater
Location: NSW
Operator: Capital Dynamics AG
Configuration: 1 X 30 MW CHP
Operation: 2008
Fuel: bagasse
Boiler supplier: Clyde Babcock-Hitachi
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Downer Engineering, Clyde Babcock-Hitachi
Quick facts: This is one of three surgar mills built by NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd, dba Sunshine Sugar. Broadwater is on the Richond River. In Nov 2013, and after losing money on power plant operations for some years, the coop sold the CHP plants at Broadwater and Condong sugar mills to Cape Byron Trading Company, a company owned by Capital Dynamics AG.

Photograph courtesy of
Posted 16 Nov 2013


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Nov-2013