New Shell Biodiesel 20 facility launched at Newport Terminal in Australia July 2012
Shell’s new B20 diesel fuel will be offered to commercial customers from its Newport Terminal in Melbourne.
Shell plans to expand its B20 availability throughout Australia in the next year. The biofuel component of Shell BioDiesel 20 is being sourced from a biocomponent producer, Australian Renewable Fuels, which is based in Barnawartha in regional Victoria. Shell is one of the world’s largest distributors of biofuels.
Shell BioDiesel 20, which is blended at Newport, is made up of Shell diesel with a bio component produced from vegetable oils or animal fats that meet Shell’s global sustainability standards. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Victorian Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva officiated at the launch of the new Shell BioDiesel facility, which was held at the Newport terminal.
“Shell’s investment in this facility will give people in Victoria greater access to biodiesel produced in regional Victoria, which will support jobs and investment and expand the local biofuels industry,” he noted.
Shell Vice-President of Downstream Australia Andrew Smith added, “The launch of the facility represents one of the largest projects Shell has undertaken at its Newport terminal in 10 years. It is also tremendous to have another Shell world first happen here in Australia.”
“This investment of almost $5 million included $2 million from the Victorian government in the development of the new tank and blending facility,” said Smith. “While there are many benefits to customers from using biodiesel blends up to B20, we are especially pleased that it will support Victoria’s regional economy, notably the Barnawartha area. 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, the Victorian government and ARF in Barnawartha. This innovation gives Shell customers additional choice from our existing range of quality fuels.”