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Australia’s Viva Energy to produce biofuels from regionally sourced feedstocks

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Viva Energy Australia has teamed up with low-carbon fuels producer Gevo to investigate the feasibility of commercialising biofuels from regionally sourced resources within Australia.

Commenting on the recently signed heads of agreement (HOA), Viva Energy CEO Scott Wyatt said: “Viva Energy has already shown a strong commitment in supporting biofuel initiatives around the country having invested more than $20 million into biofuel projects, including supply agreements with local biofuels producers and the construction and commissioning of a new biofuels blending facility in Queensland.

“Our partnership with Gevo, our membership of BioEnergy Australia, and our investment to date in biofuel projects illustrates Viva Energy’s commitment towards supporting more sustainable fuels into the future.”

According to Gevo’s CEO Patrick Gruber, the HOA with Viva Energy will support efforts by Gevo and the Queensland Government under the Waste to Biofuels funding initiative,

"Viva Energy is a key player in the Australian energy industry with significant supply chain infrastructure and strong customer relationships across the country,” Gruber noted. “Through Viva Energy’s facilities in Queensland and as the operator of the Brisbane Airport hydrant system, we have previously worked with Viva Energy to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to flights taking off from Brisbane.

“We are now advancing beyond just talk and demonstration of SAF, with our collaborative partnership not only strengthening our development efforts in Queensland, but bringing the prospect of renewable jet fuel and gasoline closer to reality in Australia.”