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Australia’s bioeconomy grows with new biodiesel facility in Victoria

A new biodiesel facility has opened in Barnawartha, Victoria, which will supply low carbon renewable B5, B20 and B100 to south-east Australia.

Just Biodiesel in partnership with Refueling Solutions, will produce biodiesel at the facility, which opened in mid-July.

Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie said the revitalisation of the biodiesel plant at Barnawartha has created new employment opportunities in the region to support the potential production of 50 million litres of biodiesel per annum.

“Currently Australia lags well behind other nations in the production of biofuels and receipt of its knock-on benefits.

“A national biofuel industry could create over 8000 direct and indirect jobs, contribute over $1.1 billion annually to regional communities, reduce particulate matter in our air and reduce our reliance on important fuel,” McKenzie said.

She said the project shows that a local industry creates jobs, enhances fuel security, and builds stronger regional economies.

“Biodiesel is made from a diverse range of feedstocks including recycled cooking oil, and animal fats.

“Meeting strict technical fuel quality and engine performance specifications, it can be used in existing diesel engines without modification and is covered by all major engine manufacturers’ warranties, most often in blends of up to 5 percent (B5) or 20 percent (B20) biodiesel, offering a real alternative to traditional diesel,” McKenzie explained.

Just Biodiesel general manager, Greg Boyall, said a return of 11 former employees to the recommissioned facility is a testament to the leadership of the company and commitment of the locals who have successfully re-commissioned the plant in a 4-month period.

“We are confident with the anticipated growth and support from many local suppliers, substantial economic benefits will be achieved for the region,” Boyall said.