International biofuels search to begin
AN INTERNATIONAL search to kickstart a biofuels industry in regional Queensland will begin this week.
Queensland Parliament on Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government would be seeking expressions of interest from across the globe from Wednesday.
"My government is starting an international call for expressions of interest to develop biorefineries in regional Queensland," she said.
"We will be aiming at investment from within Australia as well as the United States, Asia, Brazil and Canada."
She said the government had already received 26 requests for information from Australian and international companies.
"They're interested in Queensland because we have the natural resources, we have geographic advantage, we are a technology leader and we have a government with the will to make it happen," she said.
Earlier this year the government signed an understanding with the US Navy to investigate whether Queensland biofuels could fuel American ships.
Ms Palaszczuk said she will be meeting with the United States Secretary for the Navy Ray Mabus later this month.
"My Government is determined to attract international investment in biofuels and determined to work with Secretary Mabus to fast-track our partnership to provide cleaner fuels for the US Navy," she said.