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Manildra calls for the 6% NSW Mandate to be enforced

Posted Gavin Hughes Industry News

New South Wales ethanol producer Manildra says the failure of the state’s fuel mandate is costing the company tens of millions of dollars in lost income.
Six per cent of fuel sold in NSW is supposed to be ethanol, but exemptions granted to fuel companies have seen that figure drop to 2.7 per cent.
Ethanol is produced from the waste from the company’s food processing plant and the drop in fuel demand is forcing Manildra to cut production of gluten and starch as well.
Corporate affairs manager, Kirsty Beavon, said one solution was a national ethanol mandate. “Our dream of course would be to see a thriving successful ethanol industry like there is all over the world,” she said.
“In America they employ 90,000 people directly in the ethanol industry, a further 300,000 people indirectly. We would love to have that, not only for Manildra but for other potential plants opening. It would be fantastic for regional Australia.”
Manildra employs 300 people at the Bomaderry plant on the south coast of NSW, but says it could employ more if demand increased in line with the mandate.
The NSW Government commissioned the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal, IPART, to look at the issue in January this year but has not yet released the report.

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