Press Releases

December 6 2012

Simplot Announces the Completion of its Cogeneration Plant at Ulverstone

Simplot Australia has confirmed its commitment to reduce carbon emissions with the completion of a natural gas co-generation plant that will eliminate the use of coal at its Ulverstone site.

The investment will benefit the environment by reducing the factory's carbon dioxide emissions by half, eliminating 39,000 tonnes a year.

Simplot Australia Managing Director, Terry O'Brien said that the installation of the gas co-generation plant at Ulverstone will convert current coal fired boilers to natural gas which will provide secure electricity and steam to the Ulverstone plant.

"The completion of this project is a significant step for us in improving our environmental footprint and will have the added benefit of helping to protect the plant from the impact of surging energy costs" he said.

This project has also had important benefits to the community by ensuring the future of our operations that help support the hundreds of farmers, contractors and service providers that service Simplot's business. It is also further confirmation of Simplot's commitment to Tasmania as a source for its potatoes.

The investment has been made possible thanks to a $1 million grant from the Tasmanian State Government and $3 million from the Federal Government with Simplot funding the balance of the project, being approximately a further $13 million.

The plant will be officially opened by The Hon.Sid Sidebottom, MP, Federal Member for Braddon at a ceremony held on site today.

For release Thursday 6th December.