Australia's Southern Oil to cut ribbon on advanced biofuel lab

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December 8 (SeeNews) - Southern Oil Refining, an Australian company that re-refines waste oil, will on Monday open its advanced biofuels laboratory in Gladstone, Queensland.

The ribbon on the AUD-5.3-million (USD 4m/EUR 3.7m) facility, which has been partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will be cut by Australia's small business minister Michael McCormack.

The laboratory will test biocrudes to determine whether they are suitable to be refined into transport fuels. It will also help determine whether there is a business case for the construction of a commercial-scale biorefinery in Gladstone to produce renewable diesel and jet fuels.  

The laboratory is part of a AUD-16-million advanced biofuels pilot plant project at Southern Oil's Yarwun plant at Gladstone that was announced in March this year.    

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.748/EUR 0.697)

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