A $54 million ethanol plant will be built in SE Queensland to boost supplies of alternative fuel. The State Government will link up with two Queensland companies – the Queensland Fuel Group and Petro Fuels and Lubricants – to begin construction of a bio-refinery near Dalby in mid-2006.
This will be the state’s first dry grain mill ethanol plant, initially producing 40 million litres of ethanol annually from mid-2007. Eventual production of a minimum 80 million litres a year is good news for although the number of service stations stocking E10 fuels in Queensland has grown from 12 to 102, supply has apparently been an issue.
The grain-to-ethanol technology successful in the US provides an opportunity for the Dalby area’s sorghum and wheat producers – the primary feed stocks to be used in production.
In Queensland this year it’s estimated 20 million litres of ethnanol have been sold. It seems misconceptions about ethanol use are being overcome!