Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Ethanol Fuel Production industry is running on fumes. The industry has struggled to maintain market share over the past five years as the cost competitiveness of ethanol-blended fuel (EBF) has been squeezed by lower world crude oil prices and falling demand from the local Petroleum Refining and Petroleum Fuel Manufacturing industry. Continued government subsidisation has been the principal factor supporting the industry. In 2014, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (now Office of the Chief Economist) suggested that without government assistance, the industry would collapse as it is otherwise economically unviable to produce ethanol as a substitute for petrol in Australia... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The industry produces ethanol for distribution nationally from three plants located in New South Wales and Queensland. Manildra Group produces ethanol from wheat feedstock in Nowra, NSW. This plant is estimated to account for 65.2% of the volume of domestic production.
Dalby Bio-refinery (United Petroleum) produces ethanol from sorghum feedstock in its plant at Dalby, QLD, and accounts for an estimated 22.1% of domestic production in 2016-17. Wilmar Sugar Australia produces ethanol using molasses feedstock at its Sarina distillery in Queensland and Wilmar accounts for an estimated 12.8% of domestic production in 2016-17, but has a productive capacity of more than twice this level (about 60 million litres per annum)... purchase to read more