Fuelling 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.

The Queensland Government is supporting this through the biofuels mandate and the Biofutures roadmap and action plan.

Biofutures: Advancing Queensland

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