On behalf of the Australian government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced up to A$500,000 in funding to Boral Timber, a subsidiary of Boral Ltd., to investigate the feasibility of building a second-generation biofuels refinery using the waste sawmill residues from the Boral Timber Hardwood Sawmill at Herons Creek near Port Macquarie.
Under the A$1.2 million study, Boral will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery using innovative technology, which would be located near the Herons Creek sawmill.
If the study is successful, the proposed biorefinery, which would cost an estimated A$50 million to build, could convert up to 50,000 metric tons of waste sawmill residue produced each year into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen.
The sawmill residue—which includes sawdust, remnant woodchips, shavings and offcuts—is currently used for lower value uses such as landscaping and boiler fuel.
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