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Microalgae technology for bioenergy, biosequestration, and water use efficiency in Western Australian mining regions

McHenry, M. (2010) Microalgae technology for bioenergy, biosequestration, and water use efficiency in Western Australian mining regions. Division of Research and Development, and the School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

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    Abstract

    Mining is a major contributor to Western Australia’s robust economic growth. The state hosts 51 3 commercial mineral projects with 893 operating mine sites producing over 50 different minerals [1] (Fig. 1). In 2008-09, WA’s resource industry sales value increased 19% to $A71.3 billion [1]. The sector is also a major driver of increasing demand for transport energy. Diesel accounts for around 65% of total transport fuels consumed in WA. The mining sector consumes around 40% of total transport fuels and around 60% of diesel — more than 2 billion litres annually and increasing. Due to the demand scale and cost, a large proportion of the mining transport fuels are supplied from Singapore refineries rather than the local BP refinery [2]. Therefore, Australian diesel prices are closely linked to the Singapore benchmark price. The 2009 bulk diesel prices in Australia roughly ranged from $0.6 to $0.8/I (pre-tax), and industry generally enjoys competitive long-term contacts [3].

    Publication Type: Report
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
    Publisher: Division of Research and Development, and the School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University
    Notes: Discussion paper
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7315
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