REVEALED: The innovation set to bring jobs to Gladstone
GLADSTONE will be the location of Mercurius Biorefining's pilot plant to trial drop-in jet fuel and diesel.
The American company aims to set-up the pilot plant at Yarwun's Northern Oil to test technology that turns sugarcane waste into a cost-effective, drop-in biofuel and bio-chemical.
The plant is a coup for the region after beating Queensland University of Technology in Mackay.
Mercurius Biorefining Inc chief executive officer Karl Seck said Gladstone was chosen because of its biorefinery infrastructure at Northern Oil.
Mr Seck toured the site yesterday.
"The whole purpose is to scale up the technology so we can go to the next step, which is going to be a demonstration plant," he said.
"That's much larger with more feed going in, more jet fuel and diesel coming out."
The pilot biorefinery will create 30 jobs and Mr Seck said an extra 50 would be created if the demonstration plant went ahead.
The facility is receiving national attention with the state and federal governments committing funding.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the new pilot plant was cementing the region as a bioindustry leader.
He said if Mercurius's trials went well there was the potential for a full-scale plant to be built in Gladstone's State Development Area.
Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett said attracting the project put Gladstone on the national and international stage.
"This one from Mercurius I'm really excited about because they've come here, they've brought their patented technology globally, which they could've taken anywhere in the world," Cr Burnett said.
"What will happen is when they decide to go commercial this is the place they'll choose to invest.
"We have an open-for-business policy... and it's not just council.
"It's all three levels of government working together who agree there's a need to supply future energy and that Gladstone's the best place to make that happen."