Mechanic raises concers over using biofuel in cars

Lee Constable

A HERVEY BAY mechanic is concerned over the potential effects biofuels could have effects on our vehicles in light of the State Goverment's new legislation.  

The legislation requires fuel sellers to meet targets for the sale of ethanol-blended petrol and bio-based diesel.

An Australian Fuel Council board of directors member is meeting with Maryborough Labor member Bruce Saunders on Wednesday to discuss how the 3.5% biofuel mandate could affect Fraser Coast drivers.

Peter Bensley, who also runs fuel nozzle supply branch Pacific Gauge in Maryborough said the biofuel mandate could cause problems if it "wasn't managed correctly".

"There could be issues with fuel contamination," Mr Bensley said.

Although biofuels may be considered better for the environment, Pialba's Raw Mechanical mechanic Andrew Crase said not all cars were able to handle a switch to biofuels, and could cost drivers more in the long run.

"Some cars are designed to handle the biofuel but a lot of the older cars aren't capable of handling it, and do have some problems," Andrew said.

"Things like poor fuel consumption and lack of power."

In a statement addressing the passed legislation, which will be put in place on January 1 next year, Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said the mandates would help Queensland transition to a clean energy economy, grow the biofuels and bio-manufacturing sectors and boost jobs across the industry, especially in regional Queensland.

"These mandates will stimulate economic growth and jobs and encourage investment in the biofuels and bio-manufacturing industries, while maintaining consumer choice," Mr Bailey said.

"In practical terms, the mandate will require E10 to make up 30 per cent of regular petrol sales in Queensland in 2017."

A joint study done by QUT and Deloitte Access Economics predicts bio-refining in all its forms could contribute more than $1.8 billion in gross state product to Queensland and create up to 6,640 jobs over the next 20 years.

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