Virgin Australia and US-based biofuel producer Gevo have entered into an agreement to test the supply chain infrastructure in Australia to ensure that Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport are ready for the commercial supply of biofuel for jet aircraft.
Biofuel, sourced in Los Angeles is already being used in Virgin Australia’s services from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Initially, the jet fuel will be supplied from Gevo’s hydrocarbon plant in Texas, and derived from isobutanol produced at its plant in Minnesota. However, Gevo’s CEO, Dr Patrick Gruber, said that there would be significant opportunities for production in Queensland.
The Queensland Government has already signed a biofuel agreement with the US Navy as part of its Great Green Fleet initiative, which is a commitment by the United States to source 50% of its naval fuel needs from renewable sources by 2020.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the biojet trial was another show of confidence in Queensland’s growing biofuel industry with biorefinery projects currently under development across Queensland having the potential to create 1100 jobs.