Queensland Energy Resources is an oil shale company with a processing plant located in Yarwun that produces ultra-low sulphur diesel and aviation fuel. While the plant is currently in a temporary shutdown phase, Site Superintendent Bruce Andersen explains that the company is working towards the next stage of development – a commercial fuel production facility.
Bruce says “consumption of diesel in Australia is continuing to increase and QER has the opportunity to help fill that demand as an Australian supplier.” At the moment diesel is mostly being imported from overseas.
He adds – “It is very important for Australia to have the capability to fill local demand.”
Not only will this new development benefit Australia in the long term, it will also help jobs in construction and operations locally.
“consumption of diesel in Australia is continuing to increase and QER has the opportunity to help fill that demand as an Australian supplier.”
QER is currently operating a materials handling plant to test the distribution of oil shale in the plant. Gladstone News was able to get an exclusive glimpse of the new project that is still under construction on site last week. The plant was designed, manufactured and constructed locally, with steel also being sourced only from Australian suppliers.
QER’s vision is to help secure Australia’s energy future, and the company also works hard to put back into the local community. Not only is community involvement a guiding principle of QER, the company also strives to maintain a relationship and mutual trust with the community in regards to their development of Queensland’s oil shale resources.
In 2011 QER opened a Visitor Centre at the company’s New Fuels Development Centre in Yarwun. The centre has served as a venue to keep locals up to date with the processing plant and other activities.
CONTINUED SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
With the many changes happening in the Gladstone Region as of late, support of local events and initiatives from large and small businesses is greatly appreciated by the community. QER has given unwavering support to local events such as the Gladstone Harbour Festival, Ecofest and the Mount Larcom show for a number of years.
This year, QER has worked alongside the Gladstone News to bring our readers a guide to this weekend’s Mount Larcom Show. Bruce explains “there is an alignment between our company and the show. Given the event is an annual agricultural show, many of the show-goers and exhibitors will know the importance of transport fuels for agricultural equipment and machinery.”