While the installation of the new machinery is still about 11 months away, David Lock, CEO of the Hazelmere meat rendering and abattoir company, said securing $1.2 million through the clean technology food and foundries investment program was a major boost for the firm.
‘We are very mindful and focussed on keeping our carbon emissions down,’ he said. ‘And there are also big cost savings in the new machinery.’
Mr Lock said the project would cost Derby about $3.9 million. For each $1 in Federal Government funding, the company would pitch in $2.
Mr Lock said once the WA-built machinery ” including new boilers, an upgrade of burners, the installation of new state-of-the-art energy capture and steam recovery capabilities ” was ready, it would take a month to install.
The improvements will take place at the company’s Talloman beef and poultry rendering site at Hazelmere and the pork abattoir at Linley Valley.
Former minister for climate change, industry and innovation Greg Combet and WA Senator Glenn Sterle said the government program was designed to support and encourage manufacturers to find as many energy efficiency opportunities as possible.
‘This project is just one example of how the Government is working with food processers and manufactures to reduce energy costs and improve competiveness,’ Sen Sterle said.