Laminex to conduct feasibility study for co-generation plant at Toolara

Laminex Australia has been awarded a $559,000 grant from the Queensland government to investigate waste-powered onsite energy at its Toolara site, near Gympie.

The grant will fund a feasibility study for co-generation, which could divert up to 100,000 tonnes of waste annually. Laminex makes 310,000 square metres of medium-density fibreboard and laminates 7 million square metres of MDF and particle board a year.

The funding is from the state government Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, and was announced by manufacturing minister Tim Dick on Tuesday.

“The proposed plant would support the electricity and thermal energy requirements for Laminex’s entire Gympie fibreboard manufacturing facility,” said Dick, who added that the generator would create 50 jobs in construction and ten operational jobs.

“Laminex will draw from a wide selection of waste resources as feedstock for the cogeneration plant, including demolition wood waste and green waste.”

Also announced was a $50,000 Waste to Biofutured Fund grant to HQPlantations, to test the use of forest floor material as a fuel for a biomass plant.

Picture: Gympie Times

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