New Shell BioDiesel 20 facility launched at Newport Terminal
The Shell Co. of Australia Ltd. officially opened a new biodiesel facility at its Newport Terminal in Victoria. The new state-of-the-art facility has enabled Shell to launch BioDiesel 20 (B20) into the Australian market, a world first for the company.
Shell’s new B20 diesel fuel will be offered to Shell’s commercial customers, initially from its Newport terminal in Melbourne. The biofuel component of Shell BioDiesel 20 is being sourced from an Australian biocomponent producer Australian Renewable Fuels based in Barnawartha in regional Victoria.
Victorian Minister for Employment & Industrial Relations, Manufacturing, Exports & Trade, Richard Dalla-Riva MLC, officiated at the launch of the new Shell BioDiesel facility, which was held at the 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.”
Shell Vice-President of Downstream Australia, Andrew Smith, said, “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.”
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.
Shell plans to expand its B20 availability nationally as it continues to work with its customers to offer fuels and lubricants solutions that help them reduce their CO2 footprint while being produced in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Shell believes that biofuels are a practical commercial solution to assist in reducing carbon emissions from the road transport sector over the next 20 years. Shell is one of the world’s largest distributors of biofuels.