Australia’s first biofuels pilot plant has been officially opened.

The $18 million Queensland facility will convert a variety of waste products – including tyres, plastics and food waste – in to renewable fuels. The Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant (NOABPP) is a collaborating between Southern Oil and J.J. Richards & Sons.

Southern Oil Managing Director, Tim Rose said: “Over the next three years, this pilot plant aims to produce one million litres of fuel for use in field trials by the US navy as part of its Great Green Fleet initiative, by the Australian Defence Force for the navy, by Australian heavy road transport operators, and for the Australian agricultural and aviation sectors.

“But we don’t intend to stop there; this is the next step towards a $150 million, commercial-scale biofuels plant that will produce in excess of 200 million litres of advanced biofuel annually – a project that has the potential to create hundreds of jobs and new industries across regional Australia.”