Plans to expand the Southern Oil Refinery Wagga plant have been submitted to council at a price close to two million dollars.
Bomen’s established industrial centre is drawing more commercial developments, with the hopes of an expansion to the oil plant estimating to cost $1.8m.
The Southern Oil Refinery is one of two facilities in Australia that produces refined lube oil for a major international oil company, limiting the need for oil imports.
The managing director, Tim Rose, said the application is in the “preliminary stages”, but with the prospect of achieving an extension to the current oil plant.
“We’re hoping to create growth in the huge industrial area of Bomen,” Mr Rose said.
“If we’re successful with the application, the bio-fuel used to produce advanced lubricants – currently being done at the Queensland Gladstone plant – can be done right here in Wagga.
“This will create more jobs and influence the regional Australian economy.”
Mr Rose said there are plans for some technology to be put in the Bomen facility, a current working partnership with the federal government.
“Hopefully this will go through the council process successfully and we will be able to make a final investment decision by the end of the year,” he said.
The Wagga plant collects and re-refines about eight per cent of Australia’s annual waste lube oils and hopes in the next year the plant can increase its productivity.
These waste oils come from engines, hydraulics and gear oils, including the Hunter Valley mines, car and truck service centres and other commercial generators.