A $50 million revamp of GrainCorp’s Numurkah processing plant will see an additional 22 semi-trailer loads of canola seed pass through the plant each day and processing power almost doubled when works are completed next year.
Million dollar boost . . . GrainCorp Numurkah’s plant manager and manufacturing general manager Troy Knox says the $50 million project will keep the plant competitive.
Dubbed Project Force, the latest investment is the second in as many years at the McDonald St plant, following the $38 million Project Delta completed last year.
GrainCorp Numurkah’s plant manager and manufacturing general manager Troy Knox said the project was key to ensuring the plant remained as productive as possible.
‘‘The works will increase the capacity of the site from about 730 metric tonnes of processing a day to 1000 metric tonnes when we fully ramp up production later next year,’’ Mr Knox said.
‘‘So that equates to about a 40 per cent increase in production capacity.’’
With a booming export market, predominately in Asia, Mr Knox said the works were key to ensuring production was able to keep up with growing demand and ensuring the plant remained cost competitive.
Part of the project is a new solvent extraction plant, which retrieves residual oil from canola seed and allows for more economical use of the seed. The current solvent extraction plant will be decommissioned and remain standing, with a new admini...
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