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    7) Bio-fuels-only service station [ERAInf]

    Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 20:48:37 +0930 From: ERA

    Adelaide Advertiser; Friday, 12 August, 2005

    Author: Nigel Austin (rural editor)

    First bio-fuels only station

    by Nigel Austin

    Soaring fuel prices have become the catalyst for the opening today of Australia's first bio-fuel only service station.

    The Australian Farmers Fuel Pty Ltd service station at Martins Plaza, Parafield Gardens, promises better-value fuels and allows motorists to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Its bio-petrol contains 10 per cent bio-ethanol made from wheat starch. Premium diesel contains up to 20 per cent bio-diesel from canola and other recovered vegetable oils. The "Green Fuels" station is one of almost 60 SAFF-branded outlets across Australia, expected gradually to switch to bio-fuels. SAFF managing director Andy Fischer said that with petrol tipped to reach $1.40 a litre by Christmas, bio-fuels had become viable.

    Prices at Martins Plaza are Bio unleaded 95 cents a litre, premium grade unleaded $1.125, Bio Premium, high octane unleaded, $1.185, Biodiesel $1.219, Premium Diesel $1.229. Under a unique agreement with The Big Green Umbrella, a South Australian company, its bio-fuels are carbon-neutral. Big Green Umbrella plans to plant thousands of trees near Murray Bridge to absorb carbon dioxide created in the manufacture and use of bio-fuels. Mr Fischer said the fuels are environmentally friendly because they are made from agricultural products. They burn more cleanly and come from a renewable source.

    "This is the right time for a rapid expansion in the use of bio-fuels," he said.
    "The benefits will be substantial for the economy, the environment and for farmers." Mr Fischer said since starting trials of bio-fuels for cars at SAFF's service stations at Martins Plaza, Salisbury, Woodville and Pooraka eight weeks ago, they had enjoyed growing support. The SAFF network has sold premium diesel for the past six months, while the company supplies the Adelaide rail system and most Adelaide buses with bio-diesel.

    "My whole concept is to use over-supplied farm commodities at sustainable prices for farmers," Mr Fischer said. The bio-fuel is being supplied by the CSR and Manildra Distilleries, but Mr Fischer hopes to set up a distillery in SA. "The challenge is to establish a demand curve and get consumers to accept the product," he said. "My vision is that within five years we could have high-alcohol pumps selling E85 (85pc alcohol and 15pc petrol) with significant savings for consumers compared with traditional costs." Teresa DiBartolo, from Valley View, filled up her car with bio-petrol at Martins Plaza yesterday. "I use it mainly because of their loyalty discount card and because it's better for the environment and has no harmful effects on the car," she said ####

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