Gladstone site a 'test unit' for possible 1,750 job industry

THE future of the advanced biofuels industry could create up to 1,750 jobs throughout regional Queensland according to Southern and Northern Oil Refinery general manager Tim Rose.

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Mr Rose said the pilot plant would start by employing six staff but if it is successful the $150 million commercial plant will employ about 60 people to produce 200 million litres a year.

He said it would be a world leader in the advanced biofuels industry and the job creation from the industry wouldn't stop in Gladstone.

Mr Rose said his team has already come up with at least 12 sites around Queensland where the feed stock would be collected and these sites would employ anywhere between 20-30 people each.

"We don't want to be transporting a solid waste," he said.

"We will create a test unit here and be putting more in these other locations that will chip the waste and turn it into a liquid which is cheaper to transport."

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He said he was working with the sugar research development people in Mackay who turned waste products into ethanol.

"They are all excited about taking what they are doing in the lab into a semi-commercial scale," he said.

He said he has also been in discussions with the US and Australian Navy about providing them with advanced biofuels.

"(The US) are desperate for somewhere in Australia to make an advanced biofuel to put in all of their ships," he said.

"Potentially it is huge with a Deloitte report saying it could create 1,750 jobs, mainly in regional areas. This is the start of an industry that could be huge."

Feed stock

Tyres, garden waste, sugarcane bagasse, prickly acacia, brigalow and green waste from bins



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