INDUSTRY GROWS: The Raedon Street industrial estate will soon feature Australia's first rubber recycling plant.
INDUSTRY GROWS: The Raedon Street industrial estate will soon feature Australia's first rubber recycling plant.

Biloela to boast an Australian industry first

BILOELA’S Raedon Street industrial estate will soon be home to an Australian-first rubber recycling plant.

The processing plant, being constructed and operated by Novum Energy Australia, will reclaim carbon from heavy duty tyres and conveyor belts, along with oil, syngas and waste steel.

Novum Energy Australia executive director Rowan Kendall said Novum would start stockpiling tyres at the site in the near future and expected to start construction of the plant in the third quarter of 2020.

“After successfully establishing a supply contract for waste rubber, we are working to a 12 month time frame from when we start construction to when we commence processing the rubber,” Mr Kendall said.

“Our target is to process 7500 tonnes of rubber per annum, which will produce 4 million litres of oil, 2000 tonne of recycled carbon black, 1000 tonnes of waste steel and syngas which can be used for electricity generation.”

Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier said this was an exciting development for the community and for Novum Energy Australia.

“It ticks all the boxes – it is great for the environment because it eliminates heavy duty tyres from being disposed in landfills and creates renewable energy sources and other high-quality by-products,” Cr Ferrier said.

“It is also good for the local economy through job creation and could create a catalyst for the attraction of other industries to the Raedon Street industrial estate.

“When I was advised of the volume of material that this process can extract from these disused tyres I was astounded.”

The Raedon Street industrial estate was opened by Banana Shire Council and approved by State Government in 2010, to provide suitable land, close to established transport corridors, water and power infrastructure for small to medium sized industries.

The 40 block estate was developed in stages (one-six) with 11 blocks already sold and one under negotiation meaning the land for stages one and two are now almost fully occupied.

Council CEO Tom Upton said council was hopeful the industrial estate development would bring more small to medium size businesses and their workers to be based in Biloela on a permanent basis.

“In terms of mines and big projects, they aren’t doing a lot these days with FIFO and DIDO workers to bring people to town,” Mr Upton said.

“What we are targeting are small businesses that don’t do FIFO so you get a long term benefit in terms of population growth.

“That for me is where we will get a big win at Raedon, bringing those small-medium businesses that house people in our shire.”

Mr Kendall said, once fully operational, the processing plant would employ between 11-15 full-time employees.

Novum Energy Australia uses thermo vacuum recovery technology to convert rubber to energy and high-quality by-products.

The by-products include fuel oil, syngas, steel and carbon black, products which are used by mining and metal refinery facilities in their processing operations.

Council is developing stage three which consists of six lots with a total land area of 5.4ha.

The stage three development is on target to be completed by mid 2020 after the installation of new sewage pump station, quoted at $581,827 by McMurtrie Consulting Engineers which is needed to connect stages three-six of the estate to the sewerage network.

The development of stages four, five and six will be based on future demand for the lots.