Australia to Get Rerefinery


Southern Oil Refineries of Australia is investing A.$55 million to build its second rerefinery, which is expected to begin operating by November 2013.

The rerefinery project in Gladstone, in the state of Queensland, is expected to create 27 jobs, according to an Aug. 12 press release by the office of Michael McCormack, the National Party of Australias representative for the Riverina region. The Gladstone rerefinerys new employees will receive training at Southern Oils existing rerefinery in Bomen, said McCormack, who recently visited the Gladstone site.

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The Queensland state government originally announced the Gladstone plant project in December 2011. According to that announcement, Southern Oil Refineries projected the plant will process up to 100 million liters per year (26 million gallons/year) of used oil, and construction was to start in early 2012. The rerefinery will process waste lubricant oil from mining and agricultural machinery, and transport vehicles.

According to Wagga Wagga-based Southern Oil Refineries web site, its rerefinery in Bomen uses a solvent refining process to produce two grades of rerefined API Group I base oil – light (SN150) and heavy (SN300) – for a wide range of hydraulic oil and lubrication oil blending applications. The rerefinery also produces a range of fuel oils as byproducts.

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