Australian Biodiesel Fuels Shell

29 May 2012
Melbourne, Australia

The Shell Company of Australia Limited officially opened a new biodiesel facility at its Newport Terminal in Victoria on 29 May 2012. A world first for the company, the new state of the art facility uses Australian biodiesel, produced by ARFUELS, as a key component in formulating B20.

This development is a major step forward in the advancement and distribution of biodiesel in Victoria and Australia wide. The new Shell facility provides for a substantial portion of Victoria’s diesel consumers to utilise biodiesel as part of their everyday fuel mix and also offers the choice of using B20 blends as part of mainstream fuel supply.

This project is a result of four years of commitment and dedication from Shell, ARFUELS and the Victorian Government, including significant resources and an investment of over $5m. The Victorian Government’s ongoing support of biodiesel was a major driver of the project; along with their $2 million investment.

ARFUELS’ manufacturing plant at Barnawartha, based in regional Victoria, benefits directly from this project supporting the the ongoing employment of 22 expert staff. The plant uses domestic feedstocks that have no use as food products, the majority of which are purchased in the regional areas of Victoria. Generating a turnover in excess of $60 million, the Barnawartha plant is recognised as a key driver of the regional economies of Victoria and NSW, into which it injects in excess of $50 million through its operations.

In speaking at the official opening of the Shell facility Mr. Andrew White, Managing Director, ARFUELS stated: “Biodiesel is an immediately available option for the reduction of carbon emissions in the transport, mining and manufacturing sectors. It requires no engine modifications and with the opening of this facility, it is now available to all diesel consumers in Victoria, at blends of up to 20%”.

“ARFUELS congratulates Shell in its proactive and continued support of Australian produced biodiesel. ARFUELS works very hard to produce the highest quality biodiesel and this is recognised by the ongoing support of our customers and alliances with reputable, quality organisations like Shell”.

Mr. Andrew Smith, Shell Vice-President of Downstream Australia noted: “After a lengthy and robust quality assurance process we are confident of supplying a B20 product of consistently high quality to the Victorian market. This has been a collaborative effort between Shell, VIC Government and ARFUELS.”

“This innovation gives Shell customers additional choice from our existing range of quality fuels,” commented Mr. Smith.

To date, ARFUELS has produced over 124 million litres of biodiesel from the Barnawartha plant, with B20 blends delivering over 1 billion kilometres of low carbon transport, without a single incident or cause for concern.