Last night our Civic Centre building was bathed in Blue, White and Red light to stand with the people of France in memory of those who died and were injured during the recent atrocities in Paris. It serves as a visual reminder that we will not bow down to terrorism.
Northern Oil Refinery
Earlier this month the Northern Oil Refinery won a Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Award for its world-leading work turning waste lube oil into reusable base oil. The Premier’s Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award recognises new technology that goes beyond current best practice to achieve environmental and resource recovery outcomes. There is no doubt that the Northern Oil Refinery’s recycling of waste lube oil for re-use through re-refining – instead of seeing it burned as a cheap fuel – exceeds these criteria.
The $65 million Northern Oil Refinery is the only re-refining facility in Queensland and the only facility capable of recycling waste lube oil back into base oil in Queensland. It employs 40 people in Gladstone on a full-time basis – men and women whose work ensures Queensland has the best option for the treatment of its waste oil.
Since opening in March 2014 the re-refinery has produced more than 30 million litres of base oil from waste lube oil – enough to run every motor vehicle in Queensland for a year – and has reduced CO2e emissions by 143,000 tonnes compared to waste oil burning. This sustainable use of precious and finite resources also saw the re-refinery celebrated at the national Banksia Foundation Environmental Awards in Sydney on Friday 13th November. These awards are significant for the Gladstone Region and show what can be achieved for the environment and for business, and I encourage all waste oil producers to stand up and choose the best environmental future for their waste oil.