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Mount Gambier, SA

November 2018 - ongoing


Project Description

Whiteheads Timber Sales (WTS) is an Australian owned family company operating a sawmill located in Mount Gambia, South Australia. They deliver wholesale orders to customers throughout Australia and operate retail and trade outlets in Mount Gambier, Ballarat, Portland, and Edenhope. EnergyLink Services completed a technical and financial feasibility assessment of registering a project under the industrial fuel and energy efficiency (IEFE) methodology. The project involved replacing an existing natural gas-fired boiler with a biomass boiler that will use waste sawdust from sawmilling operations generated on-site as the feedstock to produce bioenergy that created hot water to operate the three WTS kilns. 

EnergyLink Services completed project registration and auction qualification and presentation of available contracting options (noting the client elected not to participate in an auction). The boiler upgrade began generating abatement in 2020. EnergyLink Services was engaged to continue to complete annual offsets reporting and renewable energy advisory.

Key Results

  1. Assessment of the abatement under the IEFE methodology

  2. Enabling the business to make final investment decision on the upgrade based on advice

  3. Reduction of emissions by up to 3,000tCO2 and reduction of operating costs, which improved efficiency

  4. Provided policy, technical and strategic advice by ensuring compliance monitoring

  5. Provided advice on industry stakeholder concerns

Associated Services


EnergyLink Services was engaged by Whiteheads Timber Sales (WTS) to complete a feasibility assessment on the upgrade of an existing natural gas-fired boiler with a biomass boiler that uses waste sawdust generated on-site as feedstock. At the completion of the initial engagement, EnergyLink Services continues to provide advisory services regarding general energy management and renewable energy.

The upgrade also involved capturing and recycling the wastewater for use in WTS’s timber treatment plant. The project was projected to reduce operating costs and reduce emissions by up to 3,000 tonnes per annum.

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