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Licella Demonstration Plant Opening

The Minister for Resources and Energy opens Licella’s Demonstration Plant.

Today Licella announced the opening of its Demonstration Plant at Somersby, on the NSW Central Coast. The Hon Martin Ferguson was in attendance to officially open the plant, which houses Licella’s proprietary biomass to biofuel transformation technology – the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR).

Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy, originally awarded Licella a Second Generation Biofuels Research and Development Grant in 2009. “Licella’s potential fast-track through to large-scale commercialisation of our wholly Australian Cat-HTR technology and associated systems, bears testimony to the high level of commitment by the private sector and the Federal Government to find alternate supplies of crude oil,” said Dr Len Humphreys, Licella Chairman.

After inspecting and opening the plant, the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy announced that Norske Skog Australiasia and Licella have formed a new joint venture company called Licella Fibre Fuels (LFF). The joint venture will hopefully lead to construction of a large-scale ‘second generation’ bio-crude oil production plant in either Australia or New Zealand.

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