15 October 2015

The developer of a proposed ethanol plant at Deniliquin says it could create up to 400 jobs and boost the local economy by almost $60m annually.

Korean company, Dongmun Greentec, wants to build the $77m ethanol plant six kilometres south-west of Deniliquin.

The plant would be able to produce 115 megalitres of ethanol a year, by operating around the clock to process 300,000 tonnes of locally grown wheat.

An almost 300 page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released on the project this week says it would take up to 16 months to build the plant, generating 350 jobs during construction and 50 in operation.

The EIS estimates the plant would inject $5m into the economy each year through wages, $1m through the use of local tradespeople and $50m through the purchase of grain.

The Environmental Impact says 34 megalitres of water a year would be needed during construction with 870 megalitres required during operation.

The EIS says just more than half the operating water would come from an on-site wastewater treatment plant, with the remainder to be sourced from the Deniliquin town water supply.

Meanwhile, it appears after years of lobbying Deniliquin will soon secure a natural gas supply.

The Environmental Impact Statement also says the plant will be supplied with ‘compressed natural gas’ via a pipeline.

Documents included in the EIS reveal the Deniliquin Council, Dongmun Greentec, and Elgas have discussed building a gas storage facility near the town.

A letter from Elgas in August says other customers could include the recently re-opened abattoir, the Sunrice mill and two aged care facilities.

The letter also says Elgas would investigate supply to residential areas, and believes the facility is ‘very achievable’.

Comments on the EIS can be lodged until November 12.

Extracted in full from ABC News.

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