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QER to begin shale oil plant demo

A SHALE oil demonstration plant will begin construction shortly in Gladstone.

Queensland Energy Resources (QER) will begin construction of a small-scale shale oil technology demonstration plant at its Fuels Development Centre at Yarwun following the Queensland government’s approval for the project.

Oil shale is an organic-rich rock that yields oil when heated. Over millions of years, the organic matter in the sediments has been transformed into kerogen — the organic material that sometimes forms before oil in conventional oil reservoirs.

QER Managing Director Pearce Bowman said the plant will demonstrate to the community the operational qualities of the technology with the construction of the plant completed in several months.

“We will be working hard to build even stronger support for the technology and the industry as we proceed over the coming months and year,” Mr Bowman said.

Mr Bowman said QER has been continually developing the technology at a plant in Colorado in the United States, and gaining the relevant Queensland government approvals is acknowledgement of the work QER has conducted over the past five years.

“QER is pleased that the approvals now enable us to demonstrate the technology’s performance to the community, and more specially the people of Yarwun and Gladstone,” Mr Bowman said.

Mr Bowman said while these results are encouraging, QER will continue to invest heavily in examining a range of options to further enhance the overall environment performance of the project.

“QER is a long-term member of Greenhouse Gas Technologies and our research will continue to add to the knowledge base of carbon capture and storage technologies.”




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