Oil from recycled tyres processed by GDT at Warren, New South Wales has been overlooked as a potential biofuel source, yet it is the most reliable and easiest to refine of all, according to oil expert Tim Rose of Southern Oil.
According to Tim Rose the future potential of this source of feedstock is immense, in fact preferable to other bio-oils from plants such as corn or algae plus it reduces dependence on imported fuel and it is an excellent example of converting an environmental waste problem into a valuable raw material.
Southern Oil has operated a refinery at Wagga Wagga since 2001 that processes 38 per cent of Australia’s collected waste lube oil and is in the process of building an advanced $16 million biofuels plant at Gladstone, Queensland.
Tim Rose said: “The first ‘trickle’ of oil is now being provided to us by the Green Distillation Technologies tyre recycling plant at Warren under a supply contract we signed this year as they now have their first processing vessel operating pending approval by the environmental authorities after which they can expand their production.
The large bottle on the left shows the oil recovered from our recycling plant. The smaller bottles show various refinements of the oil.