Campbell Gellie, 07 April 2016

MORE than new 200 jobs scattered throughout Queensland are expected to be created by Gladstone’s Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels processing plant.

General Manager Tim Rose released a map today that shows 12 different plants that will create the feedstock for the drop-in biofuels plant in Gladstone that will employ six people.

The 12 plants will vary in size depending on what they are processing, with a minimum of 12 people hired at green waste sites and 24 at waste tyre sites.

The green waste sites will include Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay.

Each one of those sites will employ about 20 people to construct the plants that will turn sugar cane and green waste into a liquid feed stock for the Gladstone plant.

Mr Rose said 12 process technicians would be needed to run the plants once they are up and running.

“The flow on effect in Queensland is quite significant,” he said.

He expected more people to employed in the industry through collecting the waste, storing the waste and the end product and transporting that product to Gladstone where it will be turned into biofuels.

The regional plants will come within the next three years as Northern Oil Refinery hones its process of producing drop-in biofuels in its $16 million pilot plant.

Once the pilot plant can produce high enough quality biofuels, a to completely substitute fossil fuels, Mr Rose will construct a $150 million commercial size plant that will employ 30 people.

“We will wait a year and a half to start getting the approvals and preparing these regional plants,” he said.

“We need to have them going to create the feedstock for the big plant for when it is up and running.”

He said civil works at the Yarwun site would start by the end of this month or early next month and then the pilot plant will be shipped to Gladstone.

It will take another month to fix the pilot plant up to the existing plant at Northern Oil Refinery.

He said he had been overwhelmed by the responses he had received since announcing the pilot plant on March 30.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from all over Queensland asking for work or to be involved in this process,” he said.

“I don’t know if it’s the down turn or the type of project but ultimately it is very good for the environment.”

Extracted in full from the Gladstone Observer.