The Primary Energy Bio-Refinery project was proposed in the Kwinana industrial area, south of Fremantle in Western Australia.  The facility was designed to use Western Australian wheat to produce up to 160 million litres of fuel grade ethanol per year to be used in ethanol fuel blends.  The bio-refinery was designed to be sustainable socially, environmentally and economically.  The site location, to the north of the CBH grain terminal, was chosen because of its closeness to sources of input materials and destinations for final products.

TfA commenced involvement Primary Energy (project value $250 million) at the very beginning of the project,  working with the Project Owner to select a team of international Technologists for an integrated, sustainable ethanol plant comprising biodigestion technology, green power generation and fertiliser manufacturing.

TfA’s Role included:

  • Evaluation of and Selection of Technologists for the project from USA, Denmark and NZ
  • Project feasibility , Basis of Design Specification
  • Site layout master planning
  • Preparation of DA submission for project approvals including:
    • environmental management plan
    • noise and odour
    • emission modelling
    • liaison with Council, EPA and Main Roads.
  • Negotiation with Council for water allocations and water quality
  • Technology integration and process engineering
  • Front End Engineering Design
    • Civil works, including bulk earthworks
    • PFD’s
    • Mass Balances
    • Ethanol Tank Farm
    • Fire Fighting
    • Utilities and Services
    • Water Treatment
  • Preparation of preliminary budgets