Frasers Property Australia has settled on a 63.4 hectare prime industrial land parcel valued at approximately $40 million. It is located in Melbourne’s northern suburb of Epping.
CEFC finance for the Numurkah Solar Farm is supporting a path-breaking example of how solar energy can deliver cost-effective electricity for Victoria’s energy-intensive services and manufacturers.
Even before work has begun on the 100MW (AC) (128MWp) solar development in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley region, developer Neoen has secured major power supply contracts for both the Laverton steelworks, in Melbourne’s west, and the Melbourne tram network.
CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said the CEFC commitment of $56 million in debt finance would help accelerate development of the $198 million solar farm.
“High grid electricity prices, high gas prices and unfavourable contracting conditions have put pressure on tight operating margins for manufacturers,” Mr Learmonth said. “The lower cost of solar, combined with these types of commercial power purchase agreements, offer manufacturers welcome control over their energy use.
“Reducing the electricity bills and carbon emissions of energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing is increasingly achievable. The Numurkah Solar Farm contract with Laverton steelworks is an outstanding example of how clean energy can be integrated into manufacturing operations to help decarbonise their production processes and reduce costs with locked-in solar contracts.
“For passengers on Melbourne’s iconic tram network, the benefits are also clear. Trams get cars off the road, which is crucial for lowering emissions. Supporting the operation of the tram network with solar energy is a further opportunity to reduce emissions in the transport sector.”
Neoen Australia managing director Franck Woitiez said the successful financial close of Numurkah is one of the most significant milestones for the company’s operations locally.
“Numurkah is an important project for Neoen,” Mr Woitiez said. “First, because it marks the achievement of our first gigawatt of projects in Australia, either under construction or in operation. And second, because the Victorian Government and ZEN Energy are long-term partners for Neoen and this project proves that collectively, we are moving towards our aim of delivering sustainable, reliable and competitive energy to all Australians.”
Neoen expects the Numurkah Solar Farm to generate about 255,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity into the national power grid each year. That’s enough solar to power about 42,000 homes. The project will be constructed over 500 hectares and include about 350,000 solar panels. It is expected to be operating by the middle of 2019.
Neoen has contracted 60 per cent of the farm’s projected output to renewable energy retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy, a majority owned subsidiary of the GFG Alliance which operates the Laverton steelworks. SIMEC ZEN Energy will use the energy to support firm retail supply contracts to commercial and industrial customers in Victoria, including the Laverton steelworks.
The Victorian Government has contracted a further 30 per cent of Numurkah’s large-scale generation certificates to support its goal of covering the electricity load of Melbourne’s tram network with solar power.
Transaction leader Monique Miller said the CEFC expected to see further demand for solar as energy intensive manufacturers seek corporate power purchase agreements to offset their energy costs.
“In steel making, energy can account for between 20 to 40 per cent of input costs. It makes good economic sense to find a renewable energy resource that can reduce those outlays,” Ms Miller said.
“We expect to see more industrial and commercial businesses contract directly with renewable energy producers to meet their electricity needs in the future, as consumers take more control over their energy needs. This will also strengthen the business case for project developers, giving them security over the sale of their power output as their projects come online.”
With this latest investment, the CEFC has committed just over $420 million to renewable energy projects in Victoria, adding approximately 1GW of solar and wind energy to the state’s power supply
The votes are coming in, the judges are preparing to deliberate and it’s time to secure your tickets for the 2018 Mercury Awards.
Australian television presenter and actress Livinia Nixon will lead the proceedings, presiding over a night celebrating the very best people, companies, and initiatives Australia’s supply chain industry has to offer.
Theres still time left to submit your nominations – put forward the name of an exceptional individual, company or solution here until voting closes on 12 April.
The Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne, Sick Australia and SEW Eurodrive, will take place on Saturday, 12 May, at Peninsula, on Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands.
The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, the business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain, which takes place 10–12 May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Head to the Mercury Awards website to purchase tickets for individuals and tables.
Western Australia–based company CTI Logistics has moved its Laverton North presence to a new 15,228sqm distribution centre in West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina, west of Melbourne.
The facility comprises a 14,758sqm warehouse and a 470sqm office.
The company’s warehouse was jointly developed alongside a new purpose-built distribution centre for tile and stone importer National Tiles. Frasers Property Australia, the property group behind the West Park Industrial Estate, reports that the combined end value of the facilities is $33.5 million.
Anthony Maugeri, General Manager – Southern Region, Frasers Property Australia, said: “This deal further supports our strategy to create prime A-grade speculative facilities in select undersupplied markets near major infrastructure nodes. We have a strong track record in leasing these types of buildings to blue-chip tenants on long-term leases.
“CTI has been in operation for over 40 years. The new facility will help the business service their growing customer base across Australia and will also offer significant operational efficiencies.”
Companies located in West Park Industrial Estate include CEVA Logistics, Schenker, Toll, Goodyear, Mitre 10 and Australia Post.
Australian stevedore DP World Australia (DPWA) will take delivery of four new ZPMC quayside container cranes next month, for its Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne terminals.
The cranes departed China on 11 February, loaded on the Zhen Hua 21 vessel.
DPWA’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals are both set to receive one crane each, and two cranes will be delivered to the Melbourne Terminal.
According to DPWA, the cranes, which were built in Shanghai, have the latest in electrical technology, efficient operating systems and improved ergonomics for operator comfort.
The delivery is the first part of an order for a total of nine cranes for DPWA, an additional five cranes are to be delivered to DPWA’s Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle terminals in mid-2018.
Australian fashion retailer Cue has introduced a three-hour delivery option for online shoppers and its ‘store-to-door’ customers.
“We are so excited to be the first Australian bricks-and-mortar fashion retailer in the country to offer free three-hour delivery!” the company said in a statement.
Shane Lenton, Chief Information Officer, Cue, said that the retailer is proud to embrace delivery innovations that enhance the customer’s experience.
Online retailer The Iconic already offers three hour delivery, though Australian Financial Review’s Yolanda Redrup notes that Cue’s delivery reach is broader, excluding only the New South Wales central coast, Wollongong, the Northern Territory and the Queensland regional town of Toowoomba.
Melbourne based start-up Passel is also working with retailers to help them offer three-hour delivery through a crowdsourced courier model.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has announce that its inaugural Supply Chain Technology Summit 2018 will take place on Thursday 10 May, onsite and in partnership with MEGATRANS2018.
The ALC was one of the first organisations to endorse and support Australia’s largest freight and logistics trade expo.
“Technology is a major component of the logistics supply chain and will play a dominant role in the exhibitions at MEGATRANS2018,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC. “The Supply Chain Technology Summit 2018 will align well with the technology theme and ensure that those who attend the integrated event can maximise their time and investment.
“The ALC operates a number of events each year and technology has been an increasing focus. The dedicated Supply Chain Technology Summit will focus on the policy priorities articulated by ALC in Freight Doesn’t Vote – our submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. This includes collecting greater data on freight movements, adapting to automated technologies and global labelling standards. Further details on the Summit will be announced in 2018.”
MEGATRANS2018, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10–12 May 2018, will bring together those who plan, implement and control the efficient and effective forward flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and point of consumption.
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has installed six sorting machines at four mail sorting centres for Australia Post.
The Open Mail Handling Systems (OMSs) were installed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where they will be used to sort flats, plastic-wrapped magazines and small packages.
They assume the tasks performed for years by sorting machines previously supplied by Siemens.
“We needed to update our existing equipment to handle the large variety of mail coming through our sorting centres, so we selected Siemens’ OMS technology to maximise the volume of product that could be processed through automation,” said Jadd Brammall, Head of Processing, Australia Post.
“The equipment was delivered on time against a very aggressive schedule and our new OMSs have enabled us to significantly improve our efficiency and provide the best platform for meeting the future needs of the business.”
Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics, added: “The OMS is our answer to the demanding requirements our customers have to meet, as it’s capable of processing a broader range of mail types and formats than other sorting systems on the market.”
Five of the delivered OMSs are equipped with four input lines and 284 outlets for mail trays and can each sort up to 50,000 items per hour. The sixth OMS is fitted with two input lines and 148 outlets and can sort up to 25,000 items per hour. Barcode readers and printers are used in all six systems.
The Victoria-based national distribution centre of food manufacturer Heinz is to be expanded by owner SCT Group.
The Heinz Altona Distribution Centre will be expanded to 45,700m2 of warehouse space, and receive upgrades to energy-efficient LED lighting, new rapid doors, additional recessed loading docks and bird-netting to the 3,400m2 of existing canopies.
“Our national DC has been at SCT’s Altona intermodal facility now for over 15 years,” said David Moyle, Heinz’ logistics boss. “We’re looking forward to benefiting from the new rail services to Brisbane and direct rail port shuttles in the future.”
The expansion is set to be completed in October 2018, reportedly making the facility one of the largest warehouses in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has supplied equipment to new cold storage market entrant, NewCold.
NewCold Melbourne opened its two warehouses in August and September, with 45 leased Toyota and BT forklifts.
Netherlands-based NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics reportedly decided to approach TMHA for its first Australian operations due to its relations with Toyota in Europe.
The 34-metre-high warehouses have a combined 40,800m2 of floor area, storage for over 200,000 pallets, 39 loading docks and operate around the clock.
One is a cold store at minus 23oC, the other a chilled store with two, eight and 11oC environments.
“This makes Toyota our material handling partner of choice, while the comprehensive service offering is unique and cost effective as well,” said Ray Perry, Director – Oceania, NewCold.
“We appreciate that Toyota does not only supply the forklift [equipment] but will also service the equipment as and when we need it.
“Being a logistics and warehouse service provider, Toyota shares common customer values with NewCold. We trust that we will benefit from TMHA’s wealth of knowledge in the industry in Australia to increase our productivity, while staying ahead of our competition.”
Jason Fennell, Corporate Account Manager at TMHA, said local discussions with NewCold began in October 2016 and a decision was made in May 2017.
“We received a request to assist NewCold from our corporate division and worked from there,” he said.
“NewCold uses a variety of suppliers and products in Europe. However, the core business is to be able to pick orders, replenish stock, load and unload required deliveries, and store required long-life stocks on a 24/7 basis.
“This is the company’s first development in Australia, so we are committed to working with them to develop the relationship and ensure we cover all the material handling requirements, as well as making this process easy for the customer.”
The initial equipment roster for NewCold’s Melbourne facilities includes 21 BT electric pallet jacks, 10 Toyota 8-Series FBE18 three-wheel electric forklifts, seven BT RRE140H reach trucks, four Toyota 32-8FG30 internal combustion forklifts, a pair of 32-8FG18 Toyota forklifts, a BT RRE250H reach truck and four battery chargers.