By consolidating and upgrading its manufacturing facilities, GrainCorp Oils expects to reduce carbon emissions by around 25,000 tonnes a year.
Manufacturing edible oils and spreads is an intensive process. Agribusiness GrainCorp does it well and has been doing it for many years, but eventually found that multiple sites and ageing equipment made the process inefficient and increasingly costly. It also didn’t demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.
It was time to invest in the future, consolidate operations close to the oilseed growing regions in Victoria, and upgrade to more environmentally sustainable and efficient technology. GrainCorp planned to decommission the coal fired boiler at the Murrarie plant, consolidate oil refining and packing operations in Numurkah, and upgrade the West Footscray plant to a world-class food processing plant to also manufacture retail spreads, bakery fats and shortenings.
Coordination and good planning was the secret to a smooth transition. We embraced the challenge, established a project management office (PMO), and managed seven different work streams, design coordination, environmental support, services design and construction management to make it happen.
The commitment to new technology paid off – we supported GrainCorp in applying for a Clean Technology (CTIP) grant, and $14.9 million was awarded to enable investment in energy efficient equipment. The goal to reduce carbon emissions by 25,000 tonnes per year looks to become a reality.