CONTRACT: Eddie Lane with tomatoes grown at Sundrop Farms. Picture: MATT LOXTON


A PORT Adelaide industrial cooling systems company has scored a million-dollar contract to support a key regional project, but is more excited about bragging rights associated with being part of a revolutionary farming initiative.

Cold Logic is installing a customised system to cool the desalinated water being supplied to Sundrop Farms’ landmark greenhouse project.

The 20-hectare project harvests solar power to generate energy for desalination to supply hydroponic greenhouses that will see their first tomato seedlings sown this week.

Cold Logic partner Eddie Lane said the company worked closely with lead contractor John Holland Group to install its component into the central plant.

The plant uses solar energy to super-heat sea water to steam, generating power from the condensate, before cooling the desalinated water to 18 degrees celsius to supply water to plants in the greenhouse.

Cold Logic’s refrigeration system uses ammonia and will have the capacity to chill more than 2.8 million litres of water daily during peak production.

“We will remotely monitor the plant with a 24/7 call-out for any issues on an ongoing basis,” Mr Lane said.

“As a $16 million turnover company, this project is one of a few specialist solutions we have developed.

“But the project is showcasing sustainable farming on a global scale and it’s fantastic to be a part of the effort. We are quite keen to work with them as they develop more projects overseas,” he said.

Sundrop Farms will produce more than 15,000 tonnes of vegetables annually for markets across Australia, but the first truss tomatoes are due to get into Coles stores this year.

Coles has a 10-year supply contract with Sundrop Farms, which is backed by US private equity group KKR. The State Government has also tipped $6 million into the project.

The company has 52 employees across SA and Victoria.