Co-Generation System - Bulla Dairy Foods
In July 2012, Rudds Consulting Engineers conducted a feasibility study for Bulla Dairy Foods investigating opportunities to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The specialists at Rudds recommended a 3 megawatt co-generation system for the Bulla factory in Colac which would produce all of their required base load power and optimise energy efficiency by using waste heat to feed hot water to the two upgraded boilers.
The financial outcomes for the proposed co-generation system were positive by year five (with grant assistance), and over $8 million over a 20 year term. This represented a very attractive investment.
Rudds facilitated Bulla to receive government funding from the AusIndustry Clean Technologies Investment Program (CTIP) to the tune of $2.15M to help fund the project.
Rudds specialist design team are currently documenting the customised co-generation system for Bulla. Our 1MW system at the Canberra International Airport has been operating 17 hours per day, 5 days per week for more than 12 months without any issues. Stage 2 of the Canberra International Airport Expansion, with a similar 1MW system, is about to come on line. This is a credit to our design team and testimony to the level of detail and attention provided in design, installation and commissioning.
Where to now?
The $6.46-million co-generation plant has been installed at the Bulla Colac site. Delays have been experienced due to construction of an upgrade to the utility connection – unfortunately this work is out of the hands of the project. Final commissioning is expected to be completed in August/September 2014.
Rudds has been on hand during the building process, will be there for final commissioning and will audit and monitor the system to ensure it is meeting its targeted performance.