THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy
THE HON DR DAVID GILLESPIE MP
Federal Member for Lyne
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
24 August 2018
CONVERTING SAWMILL WASTE INTO BIODIESEL & BITUMEN
Sawmill waste from Herons Creek Timber Mill near Port Macquarie in New South Wales could soon be converted into biodiesel for vehicles and bitumen for roads, thanks to support from the Coalition Government.
A $1.2 million feasibility study will test the technical and financial viability of doing so and, if the feasibility study is successful, result in the construction of a biofuels refinery nearby.
The Coalition Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is providing $500,000 to Boral Australia for the study.
“Boral is a large user of both diesel and bitumen and Herons Creek Timber Mill produces 50,000 tonnes of sawmill waste per year – waste which is currently used for low value purposes such as boiler fuel and landscaping,” Minister Frydenberg said.
“Should the feasibility study be successful, the biodiesel could supply up to 15 per cent of Boral’s annual diesel use – and it means the waste would be diverted from low value uses.
“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of affordable energy for Australian businesses as well as effective waste management.
“Converting waste into energy is one innovative way to help tackle both of these issues.”
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he was delighted that innovative research project was being undertaken in his electorate.
“The Herons Creek Timber Mill is an important local operation that employs many locals and this exciting initiative could not only deliver a number of environmental benefits, but also new opportunities for Boral’s operations locally,” Dr Gillespie said.