Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels to construct advanced lab in Queensland

June 26, 2016 |

In Queensland, Southern Oil and JJ Richards & Sons, joint venture partners in the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun, near Gladstone, will construct  a multi-million dollar laboratory to support a Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant over the next few months.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) saidit would provide $2.37 million in funding to help develop and construct the $5.3 million state of the art laboratory. Southern Oil will contribute the balance of the cost.  “The Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant is scheduled to open in late 2016 and is the next step towards a $150 million, commercial-scale biofuel plant.

The laboratory will be part of the pilot plant and help to determine whether a compelling business case can be made to build a commercial scale biorefinery to produce renewable diesel and jet fuels.

Southern Oil Managing Director Tim Rose said the laboratory would provide critical information to help develop Australia’s biofuel industry.

“A few weeks ago, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited our Gladstone waste lube oil re-refinery to announce that, with the State Government’s assistance, Southern Oil would develop a $16 million biofuels pilot plant on site,” Mr Rose said.

“Together with this new world-class laboratory, which is being built with the support of the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, we take another critical step towards the development of a new renewables fuels industry for Queensland and Australia.”

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