The world’s first transportable biodiesel refinery has been unveiled at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson.
Science and Innovation Minister Francis Logan said the $11million plant represented a terrific advance for biofuels in Western Australia and an important indication of the scale of work that was possible at the AMC.
“This is the first time anywhere in the world that a large-scale biodiesel plant has been built with the specific intention of transporting it to another site,” Mr Logan said.
“They have tried it all over the world, but we are the first to have tried it and succeeded.”
The plant has been built by Natural Fuels Australia Limited for its $48million biodiesel facility in Darwin. It has been fabricated and assembled as a stand-alone ‘module’ by the Ausclad group of companies, using the common user facility at the AMC.
It was officially ‘loaded out’ today in preparation for its ocean voyage to Darwin.
Mr Logan said biodiesel process plants would normally need to be built piece-by-piece on site.
“However, given the challenging site conditions in Darwin, Natural Fuels Australia decided to take advantage of the common user facility at the AMC,” he said.
“This has allowed them to complete the majority of the construction in WA, using the very best equipment, infrastructure and skills.
“Projects like this further enhance the AMC’s global reputation and strengthen the State Government’s campaign to convince the Commonwealth that the AMC should play a major role in future naval vessel contracts.”
The Minister said the plant was a significant step for Natural Fuels Australia and the WA economy as a whole.
“Natural Fuels Australia has developed in leaps and bounds over the past few years and is now a dominant force in the biodiesel industry and a perfect example of innovative, forward thinking in our State,” he said.
“Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to diesel fuel, resulting in significant reductions in engine emissions. It is biodegradable, non-toxic and can be produced from a variety of renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils and animal fats.”
Mr Logan said the natural fuels project confirmed the merits in the Carpenter Government’s decision to promote biofuels and renewable energy as a key industry in its ‘building on the boom’ strategy.
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