Shell opens biodiesel facility in Sydney, Australia

22 November 2012 16:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell has opened a new facility in Sydney, Australia, to supply 20%-biodiesel blended fuel (B20) into the New South Wales market, it said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

Shell said it was responding to business needs to reduce the environmental impact of transport fuels and potential liability under Australia’s federal government’s carbon pricing scheme.

“Given the zero rating of biodiesel under the carbon pricing scheme, using a B20 fuel in their trucks can help affected customers significantly improve their bottom line,” said Andrew Smith, a vice president for Shell’s downstream business.

Smith added that at a recent workshop, more than 50% of Shell’s commercial customers in Australia said they would consider B20 for their fleets for either taxation or environmental reasons.

Shell's B20 is made up of diesel fuel and a bio-component produced from vegetable oils or animal fats, the company said.

Shell plans to expand its B20 availability further as it continues to work with customers to offer fuels and lubricants solutions that help them reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint, it added.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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