AU$16m kiln upgrade complete at Jubilee

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OneFortyOne’s second Continuous Drying Kiln is now online, completing an AU$16million capital investment project at the Jubilee Sawmill site in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the kilns are working well and have increased site capacity while improving the quality of the timber dried.

“The CDK’s are powered by our own sawdust and wood waste offcuts, and their efficient design is using less energy to process more timber compared to our old batch kilns,” Paul said. “With the old batch kiln, we put 150m3 of timber in at a time, drying it at up to 160 degrees to achieve a moisture level down to 12%. These high temperatures can stress the timber.”

“With the CDK, we load the timber to move through the drying process. With the efficiencies of shared energy and temperature control, the new kilns have a maximum temperature of 130 degrees which is a lot less aggressive on the timber as it dries.” Two of four older batch kilns will be reconditioned and remain on site to provide added flexibility and backup for the CDK’s are offline for maintenance.

The upgrade project is part of a greater Jubilee-wide modernisation program, which has included state-of-the-art sawing equipment upgrades, through to the addition of robotic pack wrap and strapping machine.

“The upgrades and new equipment on site are creating better and safer working environments for everyone,” Paul said. “The team is also getting the opportunity to gain new skills, work with the latest technology, and enjoy a safer and more modern workplace.”

Photo: Kilns Manager Michael Olle, retired Kilns Manager, Roger Davis

Source: OneFortyOne

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