New Sustainable Aviation Fuel & Diesel Plant Set to Build In Gladstone

New Sustainable Aviation Fuel & Diesel Plant Set to Build In Gladstone

Australia’s energy industry steps into the future with the launch of a sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel plant in Queensland, with construction to start in Gladstone in early 2023.

Oceania Biofuels and the Queensland Government gathered in Gladstone earlier in April to launch Australia’s first world class sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel plant that will turn waste and renewable feedstocks into low carbon fuel.

Oceania Biofuels and a several other well-known Australian and global partners will make this happen by bringing together world class technology and the best minds and experience in renewable fuel.

Mike Everton, the Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Biofuels, said the company is thrilled to be bringing this technology to Australia.

“This is a proudly Australian project and an exciting step for the industry. Our purpose-built plant will use waste and sustainable feedstocks to produce greener alternative fuels that will reduce emissions from planes and heavy vehicles, while creating a bridge to a sustainable future.

“The future is vehicles that run on green energy, such as electricity, hydrogen and batteries. To create a bridge to that future and to make progress in industries that can’t easily adopt hydrogen or batteries, we need a cleaner, greener and more sustainable fuel alternative that will reduce carbon emissions.

“Current biofuel options available in Australia require engine modifications, additional technology or blending. Oceania Biofuel’s renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel is a like-for-like fuel that can go directly into today’s engines and substantially reduce carbon emissions for those vehicles.”

The plant will be built in the Yarwun Industrial Precinct in Gladstone, and will use locally sourced waste and sustainable feedstocks including tallow, used cooking oil and canola.

“Queensland has a great opportunity to gain a strong international reputation as the location for biofuels production in the western pacific region and this new plant will signal to the world we are ready,” said Acting Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“The proposed $500 million project will be Australia’s first commercial sustainable aviation fuel biorefinery, creating around 60 direct jobs and indirectly supporting an estimated 500 regional jobs during construction and operation, providing a great economic boost for the local community.”

The plant is being designed to operate on a zero-waste production model using green electricity, renewable hydrogen and carbon offsets.