Bio-diesel plans now on exhibition

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Plans for soy bean processing and bio-diesel production at Port Kembla have recently been placed on public exhibition.

National Biodiesel Pty Ltd is proposing to build the facility on land made available by GrainCorp, and the Port Kembla Port Corporation on the eastern side of the Grain Terminal. In order to facilitate the project, upgrade works will take place on berth 104 and on various silos at the GrainCorp facility.

It is estimated that the facility will be worth $243 million and produce more than a million tonnes of soy bean meal annually. It will also supply 288 million litres of bio-diesel to the Australian market.

Initially the facility would rely on imported soy beans, but it is hoped that by having a production facility based locally, the soy bean production industry may grow domestically.

It is expected to create 235 full time jobs, 725 indirect jobs and up to 500 jobs during construction.The company hopes to begin production in mid 2010.

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