Hansen Construction NQ will test the use of B100 in heavy earth-moving equipment by fueling a Caterpillar 615 scraper at a construction site at Fairfield Waters (a new residential community under development near Townsville) with 100% biodiesel for two months. The 265 hp, 25.6 tonne (44.1 tonne loaded) scraper runs six days per week.
Hansen Construction NQ Site Foreman, Garry Gustharp, says that the trial is part of an ongoing program to identify more cost effective and sustainable ways of powering the vehicles.
Biodiesel is a replacement for petroleum diesel and requires no engine modifications. And at A$1.29 per litre [US$ 3.67 per gallon US] delivered to site, the price is hard to beat.—Garry Gustharp
For the week ending 2 July, the average retail price of diesel ata the pump in Queensland was A$1.355/liter (US$3.85/gallon).
If the trial is successful, the whole fleet of 16 vehicles may be put onto biodiesel on the Fairfield Waters construction site. Fairfield Waters Director, Mr Grant McOmish, says that the biodiesel trial is an excellent innovation that supports the vision for sustainable development at Fairfield Waters.
If our construction fleet runs on straight biodiesel this will provide a significant reduction in greenhouse emissions for the urban development process.—Grant McOmish
Hansen is obtaining its biodiesel from reeFUEL Biodiesel, a North Queensland biodiesel distributor. reeFUEL biodiesel is made by Australia’s biggest biodiesel manufacturer, Australian Biodiesel Group.