A $26 million expansion of a Dalby ethanol bio refinery will generate about 50 local jobs and potentially boost demand for Darling Downs sorghum, according to State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
Dr Lynham said the Palaszczuk Government was providing an incentive package to accelerate the expansion by plant owners, United Petroleum.
“This is great news for local jobs and for local growers,” Dr Lynham said.
“Our biofutures revolution will create high-value jobs and investment in regional Queensland and expanding markets for our rural producers.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government’s is pumping $20 million into our futures industry plan, with a vision to develop goal a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector by 2025.”
United Petroleum’s Dalby bio-refinery already produces 76 million litres of ethanol a year from locally-grown sorghum. The plant also produces animal feed products and syrup.
The expansion will boost biofuel production capacity by 24 million litres to 100 million litres a year.
Meanwhile, Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett has welcomed the recent announcement that the Queensland Government will provide a $1 million boost in funds for the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in Yarwun.
The additional funds will enable the construction of a demonstration bio-hydrogen-generation unit for the $18 million test facility, which was officially opened by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on June 1.
“The Gladstone region is the ideal location for a renewable energy hub,” Cr Burnett said.
“With the State Government looking to develop a large-scale solar farm and other renewable energy facilities within the Gladstone State Development area, the production of bio-hydrogen energy from various biological sources is another boost for the region’s economy.
“This project will complement council’s own efforts to generate renewable energy such as its Benaraby Landfill Gas-to-Power Project which converts gas into green power, a pending solar farm at the same site, and the increased use of solar panels on council property throughout the region.”