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MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

May 22, 2017
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

MBD Energy chief R&D officer Arnold Mangott (left) with managing director Andrew Lawson standing on a site very similar to how the new micro algae project will look.

Tony Raggatt writes in Australia’s townsvillebulletin.com that a “prized” red algae is set to be the next big but unlikely cash crop of the Burdekin shire.

Melbourne-based waste recycling company MBD Energy is nearing completion of what will be Australia’s first astaxanthin plant near Alva Beach, growing algae as part of the remediation of water used in a nearby aquaculture farm.

Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it was an exciting project providing much-needed employment and further diversifying the region’s economy, which is dominated by the sugar industry.

It was also one that nobody would have considered 10 years ago, she said.

“It’s very, very exciting for the Burdekin, it’s creating employment and it’s providing major investment of about $11 million to date,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

The facility includes 200m-long “raceways” where paddle wheels circulate water along canals in which red algae is grown and harvested. The construction of the facility has been under way for almost a year and has involved dozens of local contractors including engineers, earthworks contractors, builders, metal fabricators, plumbers and electricians.

MBD managing director Andrew Lawson praised the “can-do” spirit of the local workforce. He said construction was well on track with final fitout at an advanced stage and commissioning trials due to begin next month.

“When stage one of the facility is commissioned later this year we expect production capacity of up to 25 tons per annum with subsequent stages expected to see output quadruple to around 100 tons per year if required,” Mr. Lawson said.

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