Governor of Queensland visits Gladstone’s industries
HEAD OF THE STATE TOUCHES DOWN IN GLADSTONE AND TOURS UNIQUE INDUSTRIES
SOME of Gladstone’s most unique and innovative industries were recently shown off to the Governor of Queensland.
The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC visited Queensland Energy Resources and Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot plant during his visit to Gladstone for the Local Government Association of Queensland conference.
QER site superintendent Bruce Andersen said in a column in The Observer they were “honoured” by the visit.
“His excellency showed considerable interest as QER’s chief operating officer John Parsons explained the potential of kerogen-based fuels to be an important part of the Queensland economy and the state’s future transport fuel supply,” he said.
The Landing Rd-based QER is a pilot plant which produces shale oil from fine grained, organic rich rock north of Gladstone and a few other Central Queensland locations.
Gladstone region mayor Matt Burnett was also part of the tour, happy to show off Gladstone’s answer to fuelling the state and international partners including the US Navy.
The tour of Gladstone industries also included Gladstone’s first biofuel refinery at Yarwun.
The $18 million plant is described as a “green fuel game changer” which turns biomass material such as sugar cane and acacia into saleable kerosene and diesel.
GRAND ARRIVAL: Northern Oil Refinery (pictured) hosted the Queensland Governor last month.
Governor Paul de Jersey.