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New Zealand’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant

14/04/2014 - Sustainability, Fuels

New Zealand’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant

On 3 April, we announced our intention to build and operate the first commercial scale biodiesel production facility in New Zealand.

This is not only a major milestone for Z it is also a major milestone for sustainable bio-fuels in New Zealand. The $20 million investment will see us producing 20 million litres of sustainable biodiesel per annum. The biodiesel will be manufactured from inedible tallow and will satisfy the highest New Zealand and European fuel specifications.

This is a big investment, but we have several hurdles to go. The project is subject to the completion of regulatory and resource consents and the finalisation of key contracts.

We appreciate all too well that others have tried and been unsuccessful in the biodiesel space. What makes us different to others who have tried to make biodiesel work in New Zealand is our expertise in liquid transport fuels, associated infrastructure and marketing. It’s very close to our core business and we have built up a high level of expertise and understanding in this space.

We have spent four years doing thorough investigation and due diligence into this particular project and have refined it to the point that we are prepared to invest in bringing locally produced biodiesel to the market.

We are prepared to take a leadership position in getting this project up and running as we believe it is in the best interests of New Zealand and in the best interests of our customers. We believe establishing a domestic biofuel industry is an important first step in helping New Zealand cut the environmental impact from the transport fuels we use.

Our work tells us that the demand for Z’s biodiesel production will be strong – particularly amongst our commercial customers who have already demonstrated their commitment to our product and ultimately a lower carbon New Zealand.

We have a lot of work ahead to finally confirm this project and to get on with building the plant and getting into production. We’ll keep you up to date with progress as we make it.

 


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