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Biofuel in aviation: Brisbane to open ‘bioport’

Biofuel in aviation: Brisbane to open ‘bioport’

May 2, 2013 | Filed under: Air Freight,Breaking News,Environment

| Posted by: Charles Pauka

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Virgin Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation and sustainable jet fuel company SkyNRG have announced a feasibility study into the creation of Australia’s

first ‘bio-port’ at Brisbane Airport.

The three parties have agreed to enter a memorandum of understanding that will see them work together towards the ultimate goal of enabling aircraft to be fuelled with sustainable bio-jet fuel at BrisbaneAirport.

The feasibility study will involve researching the locally available feedstocks in Queensland, sustainable and cost-effective methods for transporting them and the most appropriate technology for converting them into biofuel. It is anticipated that the feasibility study will take 12 months to complete.

Virgin Australia chief operating officer Sean Donohue said: “Virgin Australia is committed to developing a local sustainable supply of biofuel for use in our aircraft and we have set ourselves the target of 5% renewable fuel use from 2020.

“South-east Queensland is an ideal base for this project because it is one of our largest hubs and hosts many potential sustainably harvested feedstocks for biofuel, including woody weeds, crop residues and bagasse”, Mr Donohue said.

Roel Hellemons, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) general manager strategic planning and development said: “BrisbaneAirport aims to be the greenest of Australian airports and takes an active approach in supporting its partners to help achieve their environmental goals.

“BAC is proud to be a part of this exciting project to promote the development of sustainable bio-jet fuels in Queensland and we look forward to working with Virgin Australia and SkyNRG to facilitate the planning and development of infrastructure to deliver sustainable bio-jet fuel to airlines in a safe and sustainable way,” Mr Hellemons said.

Dirk Kronemeijer, managing director of SkyNRG said: “We strongly believe in Australia as potentially one of the best places in the world for developing sustainable jet fuels. We are therefore very pleased that our first announced bio-port outside Europe is going to be in Australia. We will do whatever it takes to turn this into a success by developing a local supply chain for sustainable jet fuel that is one day scalable and affordable.”

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