Synergies enable surplus energy to be used to power the new plant
To produce the detailed feasibility study, our team identified all the steps in the production process, while safeguarding the intellectual property of our client. We explored spatial requirements, environmental impacts, budgets and timetables.
Sugar plants are energy positive, producing more energy and steam than they can use. Our plans therefore also optimised the synergies between the two plants. The ingredient operation did not only make use of input stocks of molasses. Its heating operations were powered by high-pressure steam from the sugar plant, and its chiller systems were driven by low-pressure steam - a waste energy flow from the plant. The layout was organised to minimise distance from the energy sources for maximum efficiency and to reduce the impact of the plant on the environment and surroundings. We also examined the feasibility in terms of volumes, future expansion, accessibility, and reliability.
Multi-disciplinary team manages technical complexity and stakeholder relations
“Our multi-disciplinary team had the specialist expertise needed across all the technical aspects of this complex project, and to manage the stakeholder relationships. Technical feasibility and stakeholder issues are interconnected – for example the project feasibility depends on proposed input charges,” explained Wybe de Jager, Royal HaskoningDHV Project Director. “One of the nice aspects of our solution was the synergies identified. We were able to put the energy surplus and waste energy to good use in the new plant, creating a more sustainable and efficient process.”