Adelaide-based refrigeration firm Cold Logic has won a $3.5 million contract to supply and install a new refrigeration plant at Coopers Brewery’s new Regency Park malting plant.
The $63 million malting plant is the largest single item of capital expenditure in Coopers’ history and is expected to open late in 2017.
Three new compressor packages – designed and assembled at Cold Logic’s Port Adelaide factory – form part of a water chilling system that will circulate five million litres of water daily to regulate the temperature at the plant.
Three high efficiency screw compressors with 300kW motors, which each weigh three tonnes, provide 3750kWr of cooling to chill the water to 6 degrees Celsius.
The high performance system will minimise the energy required to product the malt and will utilise environmentally-friendly refrigerant ammonia which has no greenhouse warming potential and no impact on the ozone layer.
Cold Logic Partner, Mr Eddie Lane, said the major project was the latest in the long-term relationship between the two South Australian companies.
“We have been a trusted supplier to Coopers for more than 30 years,” he said.
“Cold Logic was instrumental in the design and installation of the refrigeration plant at Coopers’ Regency Park facility when they relocated from Leabrook.
“Typically, refrigeration makes up 40 to 60% of a brewery’s energy use. We are passionate about helping Coopers to overcome higher energy costs and improve their efficiencies.
“We’re pleased to be involved in such a significant project for one of the state’s biggest brands.”
Coopers Managing Director, Dr Tim Cooper, said the new malting plant would produce approximately 54,000 tonnes of malt a year, with two thirds available for export.
“The new plant will guarantee the long-term supply of high-quality malt for our future growth,” he said.