Australia approves ‘first of its kind’ solar-powered abattoir

By Ashley Williams contact

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Construction is set to start from May 2019
Construction is set to start from May 2019
The Australia beef industry is set to receive a boost after the government approved the construction of a solar-powered abattoir in Gladstone, Queensland.

The abattoir is set to be built by the Asia Pacific Agri-Corp, with construction starting from May 2019 and the aim of being fully operational by 2021.

The project will cost AU$308m, which will create 308 construction and 335 operational jobs across the facility.

The abattoir will be developed with a 33MW hydrogen plant and 95 hectares of solar panels that will cater for the growing demand for Australian beef, according to the Queensland state minister Cameron Dick.

Once fully operational this cutting-edge facility will be capable of processing 2,400 head of cattle per day​,” said Dick.

Other members of the government commented on the abattoir development and expressed their belief it would benefit local farmers.

The abattoir, processing, packing and export facility is proposed to incorporate the latest and most advanced technologies used in meat processing plants, including the incorporation of robotic systems​,” said the minister for agricultural industry development Mark Furner.

These technologies will enable Asia Pacific Agri-Corp to adopt an innovative paddock to market supply chain arrangements, sourcing cattle directly from farmers and tracing product to the market​.”

The move has also been welcomed by a Gladstone member of government Glenn Butcher who believes the facility will enhance the area’s position in the international markets.

The development will open up positions for administrative workers, and will offer export trade employment and training. It is overall an extraordinary opportunity for Gladstone workers​,” said Butcher.

In April, Australian processor Southern Meats teamed up​ with energy provider ReNu Energy to create an abattoir that turns waste into power.

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