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The potential for a sustainable biodiesel industry in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia

By Neil Jackson


The Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) in the East Kimberly region of Western Australia has conditions that would suit the growing of a number of potentially high-yielding oil crops adapted to hot subtropical climates such as Jojoba, Jatropha and Chinese Tallow. These could form the bases of a biodiesel industry to supply the large demand for diesel from the mining, agriculture and transport industries that dominate the East Kimberley. However, for a biodiesel industry to be sustainable in the region it must meet a number of criteria: It must be economically viable and make efficient use of the available resources, it must have minimal environmental impact and it must make a significant contribution to the development of the local community. This report, in the form of a prefeasibility study, considers all three of these criteria in assessing the potential for a sustainable biodiesel industry for the ORIA

Year: 2004
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