A pair of Australian-first Queensland renewable fuel projects have been recognised at the national Bioenergy Innovation Awards in Brisbane held this week.
Southern Oil Refinery and Virgin Australia Group were each recognised for achievements this year in large-scale biofuels projects while Scania Australia took home the 2019 Bioenergy Corporate Leadership Award.
“This is the sort of bio innovation that’s helping Queensland to become a world leader when it comes to renewable fuels, and it will lead to greater investment locally and more new jobs in the years ahead,” said Minister for State Development Cameron Dick who congratulated both companies during the event at the State Library of Queensland.
Southern Oil Refinery received a commendation for its renewable diesel fuel trial, of which the Queensland Government was a partner.
The trial was operated by wholly-owned subsidiary SynBio at Southern Oil’s $25 million Gladstone biofuels pilot plant.
“Southern Oil’s trial showed renewable diesel can be successfully made from waste materials such as discarded plastic, old vehicle tyres, agriculture and forestry waste,” said Dick.
“Around one-million litres of renewable diesel is being trialled in Gladstone, fuel which could eventually be used to power fire trucks, prime movers, cane trains and more,” he said.
Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie congratulated all award winners and said the event provided recognition of the success being achieved in biofuel innovation.
McKenzie said the second annual awards program were hosted by Bioenergy Australia to recognise and promote Australian bioenergy industry projects, achievements and work, both domestically and abroad.
It's no secret the Queensland Government sees the potential for the state to become a future biofuel hub powerhouse in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Bioenergy Innovation Awards were held during Queensland’s first Bio Innovation Week 11-15 November as it sought to promote new opportunities
for economic growth and the creation of high-value, knowledge-intensive regional jobs.
Virgin Australia Group won the large-scale Bioenergy Innovation category for their Brisbane-based project trialling biojet fuel made from sugars.
Scania Australia was adjudged to have made significant strides to deliver economically viable, alternative and renewable fuel solutions for the benefits of its customers.
To date Scania Australia has signed MOUs with Wilmar Bioethanol Australia, Ecotech Biodiesel, the ENGV Group, Just Biodiesel and Refuelling Solutions, as the first steps in their programme to import, distribute, sell, service and maintain vehicles that run on alternative fuels, or hybrids that run on alternative fuels as well.
The jury commended Scania’s leadership in Australia and commitment to drive cleaner transport solutions across the board.
“We are very pleased to have been recognised by Bioenergy Australia for our efforts to bring cleaner and renewable fuels to the fore in Australia and will be continuing our efforts in this regard,” said Anthony King, Scania Australia Sustainable Solutions Manager.