Refinery for used oil to create 80 jobs at Yarwun

Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd, Southern Oil Refining managing director Tim Rose and Riverina MP Michael McCormack.
Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd, Southern Oil Refining managing director Tim Rose and Riverina MP Michael McCormack. Mara Pattison-Sowden

A $55 million re-refinery project is bringing at least 80 jobs to Gladstone along with a cleaner, greener attitude to oil.

Southern Oil Refining collects and re-refines used lube oils from engines, hydraulics and gear oils at its Wagga Wagga site.

Gladstone will house the second plant in the country, with a refinery three times the size that can process 100 million litres of oil a year - the same amount of waste oil that Queensland produces annually.

It will slash the need to dig for more oil while cutting carbon emissions by 300 million tonnes a year.

The Yarwun-based site plans to be operational by November, with construction jobs expected to peak at 50 in the coming months.

An operational crew of 28, most from Gladstone, has been flown to Wagga to learn the ropes.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack knows the positive impact SOR's first refinery had on jobs, investment and the environment in his electorate of Wagga Wagga.

He toured the site with Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd on Thursday.

"Gladstone is the heart of the resource, mining and manufacturing sector and this will be a huge boost to the economy," Mr McCormack said.

"The waste oil is turned into many tonnes of reconstituted oil. They tell me it's almost good enough to drink."

It was Mr O'Dowd who convinced SOR that Gladstone was the ideal location for a second refinery.

"We have so many mining activities out west and this will be the second place in Australia that does this refining of oil," he said.

"It will mean jobs for Gladstone instead of going offshore and it's environmentally friendly - it ticks all the boxes."

Managing director Tim Rose said it was criminal that waste oil was still being burned.

"We need to stop the bad practice of burning the stuff," he said.

"All these companies that say they're environmentally friendly and yet we have just 4% of the domestic market.

Topics:  business gladstone gladstone employment oil wagga wagga yarwun

Councillor's stern warning to latest Goondoon St vandals

Most recent vandalism and destruction on Goondoon St.

Councillor says disrespect toward property affects ratepayers most.

B2B runner trains for week-long desert ultramarathon

WORTHY CAUSE: Gladstone runner Anna Farmer ran with a pack to prepare for her charity race in Utah.

Local runs 8km event to prep for Grand to Grand Ultramarathon.

Rural school gets brand new tuck shop

TUCKING IN: Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher (front) with Ambrose State School principal Andrew Collis and students (L-R) Angus Gordon, Emerson Weir, Tahli Westwood, Nicholas Hiron, Olivia Geiger and Charlotte Pomeroy.

Ambrose State School will soon be able to host functions.

Local Partners

Survivor twist bound to shock

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor, but will everyone be happy? She’s bracing for a viewer backlash.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

A prince is sailing around the Whitsundays

Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays.

Rumours circulating about where the princess is

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

Singer Taylor Swift has deleted her social media accounts

Social media wipeout prompts rumours of a new album

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry