Biodiesel Production Set to Begin at Australia Plant

A 140-million liter biodiesel production facility opened in Australia’s Northern Territory last week. The $48 million plant is a project by the renewable energy company Natural Fuels Australia Limited (NFAL), which promotes the sustainable use of palm oil.

At the official plant opening in the Darwin Business Park on Nov. 23, Chief Minister Clare Martin said the facility would produce up to 140 million liters of biodiesel and about 12,000 tons of pharmaceutical grade glycerine each year. This would be sold to domestic and international markets, with production to begin in early 2007. “The renewable energy plant is one of the first of its kind in the world,” said Martin. “The biodiesel plant will create about 100 jobs directly and indirectly — and generate millions of dollars for the local economy.” NFAL CEO Richard Selwood said the company was in the early stages of investigating growing locally-produced energy crops such as soy bean. “The location of the Darwin plant provides NFAL with ready access to global supply chain logistics, including feedstock imports from Malaysia and Indonesia, and advantageous distribution networking by road, rail and sea,” said Selwood The plant’s primary feedstock is intended to be RBD Palm Olein, which will be supplied by one of the world’s largest agricultural trading businesses. The Natural Fuel Group of companies is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a World Wildlife Fund initiative aimed at promoting and implementing the sustainable use of palm oil. NFAL is a 50/50 joint venture between Natural Fuel Limited (NFL) and Babcock & Brown Environmental Investments Limited

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