Future Energy Australia (FEA) has welcomed a State Government grant of $2 million (€1.35 million) for the planning, construction, and commissioning of a renewable diesel biorefinery.
The new plant will be built near Narrogin in Western Australia’s wheatbelt region.
The project, being rolled out by joint venture partners Carnarvon Energy and Frontier Impact Group, is the first commercial-scale renewable diesel production facility in Australia.
FEA Chair Adrian Cook said the Clean Energy Future Fund (CEFF) grant would assist FEA to accelerate the pilot project towards feasibility and production, which is currently scheduled to commence late-2023.
“Our project has the potential to transform the approach to fuel production and use for individuals, businesses and organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint,” he said.
“The benefits are not exclusive to fuel users, with additional by-products produced in the biorefining process such as biochar and wood vinegar providing important soil improvement opportunities to the agricultural sector.”
Funding provided by the CEFF will be invested towards project development, financial close, preliminary site works, construction and commissioning of the first of four biorefining modules.
World-leading engineering and technology firm Technip Energies is currently carrying out Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for the refining facility, which will be located on a site near Narrogin.
Once built, the biorefinery will convert sustainably sourced woody biomass such as cuttings from ecological thinning, oil mallees and plant-based agricultural waste into renewable diesel using high-temperature pyrolysis.
The produced renewable diesel also has the potential to be further refined into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
FEA Executive Director Jennifer Lauber Patterson also welcomed the funding and thanked the WA Government for its support of the project.
“This is an acknowledgement of the clear benefits renewable diesel can bring to reducing carbon emissions and creating a carbon-neutral alternative fuel in regional Western Australia,” she said.
The WA government launched the CEFF in April 2020 to support the implementation of innovative clean energy projects in Western Australia which offer high public value, with a focus on projects near the investment-ready stage and applications with a strong potential for wider adoption.
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