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The potential for a sustainable biodiesel industry in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia

Jackson, Neil (2004) The potential for a sustainable biodiesel industry in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) in the East Kimberly region of Western Australia has conditions that would suit the growing of a number of potentially high-yielding oil crops adapted to hot subtropical climates such as Jojoba, Jatropha and Chinese Tallow. These could form the bases of a biodiesel industry to supply the large demand for diesel from the mining, agriculture and transport industries that dominate the East Kimberley. However, for a biodiesel industry to be sustainable in the region it must meet a number of criteria: It must be economically viable and make efficient use of the available resources, it must have minimal environmental impact and it must make a significant contribution to the development of the local community. This report, in the form of a prefeasibility study, considers all three of these criteria in assessing the potential for a sustainable biodiesel industry for the ORIA.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering Science
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Supervisor(s): Pullammanappallil, Pratap
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/52693
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