In July 2016, the Tasmanian Government announced the Wood and Fibre Processing Innovation Program, with up to $1.25 million in funding available.
Grants of up to $100 000 were made available through the Program to support the development of projects that utilise forest harvesting and timber processing residues and/or agricultural plant residues to create value-added products in Tasmania.
A total of 41 applications were received during the seven-week submission period. Thirteen projects were successful in gaining grant funds worth a total of $1 242 600, and the total value of the projects is more than $7 million. The table below shows the successful applicants, the grant amounts, and a brief description of the projects.
|Applicant||Project description||Funding amount|
|ARTEC Australia Pty Ltd||Incorporate within the kiln drying facility a process that allows for all docking waste to be dried to an acceptable level for sale into the market using flue gas heat from the boiler to be sold alongside ARTEC Australia's sawdust briquettes. The project will be followed by a future investment in drying waste from the chipping operation and producing these into briquettes for commercial application.||$100 000|
|Botanical Resources Australia Manufacturing Services Pty Ltd||Undertake a detailed evaluation of pellet production using a range of products including trialling different feedstocks such as timber residue materials for use in an existing large scale pelletiser.||$87 500|
|Dorset Renewable Industries Pty Ltd||To further develop a project for a wood pellet plant at Ling Siding, Scottsdale. The proposed project if implemented will convert wood processing waste into solid biofuel (wood pellets).||$100 000|
|Dovetail Timbers Pty Ltd||Build a new residue processing and engineering (residue engineering) plant. This will extend the capacity to process low-grade logs and residues and facilitate continued production expansion. New innovative sawmilling equipment will be built which is specifically designed to efficiently process select forest residue. Outputs will include green sawn timber, seasoned timber, dressed timber and a wide variety of engineered timber products for architectural and construction applications.||$94 600|
|East Tamar Maintenance Services Pty Ltd||Construction of a biomass fuel production facility, set up and equipping of a fabrication facility for the assembly of biomass fuelled appliances for domestic and mid-range commercial / industrial applications.||$95 000|
|Howard Heritage Holdings Pty Ltd||Upgrade of workshop equipment to enable more efficient production of thick veneer products from lower grade logs and craft wood.||$100 000|
|Huon Valley Timber Pty Ltd||Through a staged process, change an existing timber drying kiln's fuel source from LPG to residues generated on site from mill operations.||$100 000|
|Meander Valley Council||Initial work on the development of a business case for the design and operation of a large scale bioenergy generation and local distribution network.||$100 000|
|Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd||Preliminary two-part feasibility study; the first to determine if an existing boiler can be converted from natural gas to a dual-fuel feed of biomass (woodchips or other forestry by products) and natural gas; and the second involving the installation of an embedded 300 kW steam turbine to generate electricity for the site. The project, if implemented, will result in production of steam and electricity for the site with potential for an approximate 70% reduction in site greenhouse gas emissions.||$100 000|
|Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd||Trial the utilisation of wood residue in the existing boiler with the aim of replacing a proportion of the black coal with a mixed fuel source utilising biomass. The project will include necessary engineering and operational changes followed by thorough testing.||$100 000|
|Pentarch Forest Products Pty Ltd||Phase 1 is a feasibility study for an onsite solid biofuel plant to turn a woodchip processing by-product into a valuable and renewable solid biofuel in the form of solid biofuel briquettes. If the project is viable and the proponent commits to construction, phase 2 involves the construction of the biofuel plant.||$100 000|
|Stronach Industries Group Pty Ltd||Enhance current timber processing and manufacturing centre with the infrastructure and technology to value add timber waste into an environmentally friendly commodity. This will involve provision of a down-line timber processing centre to convert timber off-cuts, timber shavings, and sawdust into compressed products including hot blocks, aromatic briquettes, and garden, pet, poultry and equine products.||$96 500|
|Wood Pellets Tasmania Pty Ltd||Integration of a shaving process and baling operation into an existing pelleting operation in order to both secure and diversify the biomass accessible to the pelleting operation and to diversify the business' range.||$69 000|