9 Mar 2010

Biodiesel available at the pumps in Queenstown

7:30 am on 9 March 2010

New Zealand's first public biodiesel refueling facility has opened in Queenstown.

The pilot programme, endorsed by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, is supplying fuel to more than 50 tourism operators and businesses.

The $70,000 facility was developed by the Otago Polytechnic's Centre for Sustainable Research.

The fuel is a mixture of 20% cooking oil and diesel. In future, it will be made of 100% used cooking oil.

The results of the pilot programme will be analysed during the next 12 months before the project is extended nationwide.

The biodiesel mixture is available in Queenstown at the same price as ordinary diesel.