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Virgin Australia, Brisbane Airport and SkyNRG plan to investigate feasibility of bio-jet fueling at Brisbane

Virgin Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation and renewable jet fuel provider SkyNRG will conduct a feasibility study into the creation of Australia’s first “bio-port” at Brisbane Airport. The three parties have agreed to enter a memorandum of understanding which will see them work together towards the ultimate goal of enabling aircraft to be fueled with bio-jet fuel at Brisbane Airport.

The feasibility study will involve researching the locally available feedstocks in Queensland, sustainable and cost-effective methods for transporting them and the most appropriate technology for converting them into biofuel. The partners anticipate that the feasibility study will take 12 months to complete.

We strongly believe in Australia as potentially one of the best places in the world for developing sustainable jet fuels. We are therefore very pleased that our first announced bio-port outside Europe is going to be in Australia. We will do whatever it takes to turn this into a success by developing a local supply chain for sustainable jet fuel that is one day scalable and affordable.

—Dirk Kronemeijer, Managing Director of SkyNRG

Brisbane Airport is the third largest airport in Australia on passenger numbers, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is Australia’s largest capital city airport (by land size) and has two major terminals providing services to 27 airlines flying to 43 national and 29 international destinations. In 2011/12FY Brisbane Airport welcomed more than 21 million passengers through its facilities.


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