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Energy savings bloom with help from carbon price revenue

31 May 2013

Joint media release with the Federal Member for Lyons, Mr Dick Adams MP

More than $1 million in carbon price revenue will help a specialist Tasmanian manufacturer to reduce the carbon emissions intensity of their operations by 39 per cent and save up to $300,000 in energy costs per year.

Tasmanian Alkaloids in Westbury will install state-of-the-art evaporation technology to replace an old, less efficient method of concentrating solutions when extracting alkaloids from poppy straw. Funded as part of the Gillard Government's Clean Technology Investment Program, the total value of the project is $3,139,101.

Tasmanian Alkaloids is Australia's largest manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients derived from opium poppies and the largest global exporter of codeine phosphate and thebaine.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Yvette D'Ath, and the Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams, today welcomed the $1,046,367 Clean Technology grant to Tasmanian Alkaloids as well as the company's financial contribution to the project.

"Embracing modern technologies is at the very heart of the Clean Technology Investment Program," Mrs D'Ath said.

"Manufacturers can invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technology on any scale to make a difference. This project is a great example of how there is now new and clean equipment for production."

The new process involves a piece of equipment called a Centritherm - effectively a spinning cone which evaporates up to 90 per cent of the solvent used in extracting alkaloids. The process now will use far less steam while generating the same output, and in turn will reduce the site's gas consumption.

"Tasmanian Alkaloids has made a significant financial commitment of its own ­- over $2million - to this project," Mr Adams said.

"They realise the importance of making improvements to manufacturing processes and the Gillard Government acknowledges the importance of this sector to Tasmania."

"Tasmanian Alkaloids is leading the way in providing opportunities for high-skilled personnel to work in an innovative, stimulating and secure environment. I congratulate them on their endeavours," Mr Adams said.

The Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program provide grants for Australian manufacturers to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, products and processes. Both programs are open for applications.

For more information, companies should contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46 or visit the website -

Media contacts: Parliamentary Secretary's office 02 6277 4501
                          Mr Adams' office 02 6277 4293

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