Fueling regional growth
Global demand for biofuels and bio-manufacturing products is growing. Queensland is well placed to capitalise on the opportunity: with our climate, technically advanced agricultural sector, skilled workforce and world class biomass supply.
There are currently three commercial bio-refineries in Queensland:
- Sucrogren BioEthanol (Wilmar Sugar) – Sarina
Australia's largest producer of sugar-based ethanol with capacity to produce 60 million litres of ethanol each year.
- Dalby BioRefinery (United Petroleum)
Australia's first grain to ethanol plant with capacity to produce 76 million litres of ethanol each year from red sorghum.
- Ecotech Biodiesel – Narangba
Able to produce 30 million litres of bio-based diesel from used cooking oil and tallow.
Increased demand for biofuels means these operators, and other prospective suppliers, will have greater certainty to invest and grow the industry.
While a thriving biofuels industry is beneficial in its own right, it will also create the foundation for a new high value, knowledge-based bio-manufacturing industry for Queensland.
Bio-manufacturing and bio-refining convert renewable biomass into value-added chemicals, plastics and fuels. It uses modern scientific processes to transform organic material, often common agricultural feedstocks, into new products.