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Pentland Bioenergy Project

  • $3.00m

    ARENA Funding

  • $13.06m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Emerging renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd

    Start Date

    Nov 2015

    Project Partners

    De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA, Beta-Renewables

    Location

    Pentland, Queensland

    Status

    Past

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Emerging renewables

Lead Organisation

Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd

Start Date

Nov 2015

Project Partners

De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA, Beta-Renewables

Location

Pentland, Queensland

Status

Past

This project will determine the technical and commercial viability of Australia’s largest integrated biofuel facility, proposed for construction at Pentland, near Charters Towers in North Queensland.

Need

The global bioethanol market is forecast to grow to 145 Billion litres in 2022 from a 2015 level of 98 Billion litres, creating a need for more biofuel production.

The proposed Pentland plant requires a detailed business case in order to secure debt and investor finance to progress to construction.

Project innovation

Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) aims to develop the Pentland plant into the lowest cost ethanol production facility in the world. It would be a landmark project for Queensland and the bioenergy industry as a whole.

This ARENA funded project will verify and validate key technical and commercial parameters critical to project development and financing. RDA will:

  • conducting growing trials with Super Sweet Sorghum, a biomass feedstock that has the capacity to produce triple the biomass (grows to 4m in 12 weeks) per year compared to the traditional sugar cane further improving efficiency and reducing cost
  • testing innovative 2nd Generation (cellulosic) ethanol technology developed by Beta Renewables that could effectively double ethanol output, without increasing the cane or sorghum biomass requirements
  • identify, technical, financial and regulatory developmental road blocks affecting projects of this scale and type
  • deliver an Information Memorandum; prepared for the purposes of raising required capital for financial close of the Pentland integrated biofuel project.

Benefit

The project will deliver a detailed business case for the Pentland plant. It will also illustrate key knowledge sharing outcomes critical for development of large scale bio-ethanol projects in Australia.

If the plant proceeds, it is expected to attract capital investment of up to $800 million to enable the construction of RDA’s fully integrated renewable biofuel facility designed to produce 350 million litres of fuel grade ethanol. It is also expected to create 500 jobs during construction and up to 200 jobs after construction is complete, in addition to producing a carbon neutral renewable fuel.

This would significantly increase the availability of domestically produced ethanol using an easily repeatable ‘cookie cutter’ model. The plant would firmly place Australia on the map as a biofuel producer and could drive down the cost of ethanol.

More information

Media release 29 April 2016 – ARENA supporting Australia largest bio-energy project

Contact information

Owen Self, Company Secretary

+61 421 045 555

owen.self@rdaust.com