Under new Queensland laws, ethanol-blended E10 fuel has to make up at least 30% of petrol available for sale in the State. As a result, Australia’s first grains-to-ethanol plant, operated by United Petroleum at Dalby on the Western Darling Downs, is  hoping to expand its operations.

The plant, which opened in 2008 was under threat of closure. However, it has been running at capacity since the Queensland Government’s ethanol mandate came into effect this month.

The plant buys locally grown sorghum and processes the grain’s starch into ethanol.