Energy Savers
Bundaberg

Bundaberg Sugar Cane & Macadamias

Proposed
16
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Broadacre cropping
Products
Sugar cane and macadamias
Location
Bundaberg
Irriagtion
Travelling gun
Pumps
Centrifugal
Solution
Resolve pressure loss and install variable speed drive

Farm profile

The farm, near Bundaberg, produces sugar cane and macadamias, and draws water from the Burnett River to irrigate the crops.

Irrigation is via travelling gun irrigators with five discrete pumping stations to distribute and disperse water across the farm. The main irrigation period is from September to April when irrigation is mainly undertaken overnight and runs an average of 16 hours per day.

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Farmer feedback
The total estimated capital cost to implement the recommendations has been an impediment to proceeding. The farm owner is sourcing quotes to assess the cost of staging the upgrade works. While the overall capital outlay was a barrier, the farmer acknowledged the business case was sound and that improvements needed to be implemented.