Process overview

Resource and mill door deliveries

Wood sources diagram

SMARTFIBRE are able to process logs and manage sawmill residues on a Mill Door Basis from a number of sawmill, private growers and Forestry Tasmania. All operations must comply with the Tasmanian Forest Practices Act and Code and are regularly inspected. A number of forest owners have also achieved certification under the Australian Forestry Standard AS4708 and some are progressing with gaining higher accreditation.

The main species delivered are:

  • Certified E. nitens & E. globulus plantations
  • Certified Eucalyptus regrowth from natural forest
  • Certified eucalypt sawmill residues

The current wood resources available to SMARTFIBRE are outlined in the adjacent diagram.

On current resource availability, SMARTFIBRE can currently supply 800,000 GMT pa and will be expanding its operations to 2MM GMT pa.

Management of outside chip stockpile

Outside chip stockpile (OCS) and management

The OCS can store up to 100,000 GMT of a single product or 80,000 GMT of two products. Management have effective mechanisms in place to prevent any contamination of chips in the pad area.  Smartfibre are currently expanding the stockpile to 150,000 GMT.

The conveyor belt transports the chips the entire distance to the Bell Bay Port. The first leg of the conveyer belt is owned by SMARTFIBRE which is over 1 km in length and connects with a conveyer belt owned by TasPorts.

 

Shiploader

Conveyor belt and port infrastructure

Chips are transferred from the SMARTFIBRE-owned conveyor belt onto the TasPorts conveyor belt which links to a static ship loader. The Bell Bay Port is a significant port for domestic and international bulk-goods as well as container services and has a maximum draft at high water of 11.5 metres, and limitations on vessel size of 250m length and/or 45m beam. Additional information regarding port activities can be found at www.tasports.com.au.

TasPorts have upgraded the Bell Bay woodchip ship loader head chute, telescopic chutes, and jets-linger, winch and installed gimbals on the chutes for improved compaction and reliability.