BIODIESEL WIN: Southern Oil Refinery and Scania have partnered for a commendation prize at the national Bioenergy Innovation Awards.
BIODIESEL WIN: Southern Oil Refinery and Scania have partnered for a commendation prize at the national Bioenergy Innovation Awards. Contributed

Southern Oil lauded for biodiesel trial with Scania

SOUTHERN Oil Refinery has won a commendation for its renewable diesel trial in the large-scale Bioenergy Innovation category at the national Bioenergy Innovation Awards in Brisbane.

A high-end Scania V8 test engine was used in its power generation configuration for the testing at Southern Oil's Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant at Yarwun, near Gladstone - allowing assessment of exhaust emissions, performance and response, fuel efficiency, cost and engine lifetime.

"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 Minister for State Development Cameron Dick at the awards.

"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."

In an earlier statement, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said renewable diesel is a much greener alternative to mineral diesel.

"Our government is committed to creating a sustainable, export-oriented biofutures industry in Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"A state-based renewable fuels industry would underpin Queensland's domestic fuel security for decades to come.

"Over the next 12-to-18 months, Southern Oil will be trialling renewable diesel in the test engine to show it performs identically to petroleum-based diesel in terms of performance and wear-and-tear on the engine.

"This trial is a critical milestone for the development of the renewable fuel industry in Queensland.

"Warranty by an original equipment manufacturer like Scania is also crucial to commercialisation and uptake of the fuel, as it must have the identical performance and characteristics of fossil fuel."

Southern Oil is aiming to build a commercial-scale renewable fuel refinery within five years, which would create significant job opportunities and improve domestic fuel security for Queensland, she said.

Meanwhile, Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie congratulated all award winners and said the Brisbane event provided recognition of the success being achieved in biofuel innovation.

Ms 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.

The Bioenergy Innovation Awards were held during Queensland's first Bio Innovation Week (11-15 November), which is promoting new opportunities for economic growth and the creation of high-value, knowledge-intensive regional jobs.

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