The first solar-powered abattoir to be built in Australia
Authorities in Australia's Queensland state have approved a major solar-powered abattoir, touted as the first of its kind in the country, in a move to boost a pillar industry facing increasing challenges such as drought, reports Xinhua news agency.
The meat processing plant it will cost $217 million and the construction is planned to begin next year. The project is initiated by Asia Pacific Agri-Corp and its partners and will be developed in the Gladstone and consists of a solar farm and the abattoir. The region is considered vulnerable in terms of energy need for better water management amid efforts to keep the business sustainable through dry weather.
Queensland is Australia's main producer and exporter of beef, with the meat processing sector alone employing about 18,000 workers, according to state agriculture figures.