North Queensland cane growers to build ethanol plant

ABC News Online reports that an ethanol production plant operated by far north Queensland canegrowers could be up and running by 2009.

Members of the Farming for the Future Babinda Group have raised more than $5 million for the plant, which aims to break down wood, crop stubble and green waste into ethanol. Until now, only sugarcane waste has been able to be turned into ethanol.

The group’s chairman, Lance Rodman, says it is likely the first plant will be built in New South Wales because of support from the State Government.

We set out to have a full scale commercial plant up and running probably around 2009, or 2010.

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