Energy Savers
Mackay

Mackay Sugar Cane

Proposed
10
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Sugar cane
Location
Mackay
Irrigation
Travelling gun
Pumps
Centrifugal
Solution
Piping modification and install variable speed drive

Farm profile

The 138 hectare farm, north of Mackay, cultivates sugar cane and uses travelling overhead irrigator guns. The farm is reliant on a submersible pump supplying bore water into a dam and then a high-pressure centrifugal electric pump supplying the travelling overhead irrigator.

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Farmer feedback
While the recommendations of the energy audit report would provide potential energy and cost savings, the owner’s focus is to implement a capital improvement program that delivers increased farm productivity. The initial phase of the capital investment has been to purchase a new hard hose travelling irrigator to increase the area of irrigation on the farm. Plans to implement further recommendations are affected by ongoing financial constraints. The audit has provided the farmer with a list of recommended pumps and drives should the existing ones fail in the meantime.