Port Kembla plant kicks off
PREMIER Barry O'Farrell has turned the first sod at a Port Kembla site that will soon be home to a $273 million soybean processing and biodiesel plant.
The facility is expected to process 1.36 million metric tonnes of soybean per annum, making it the largest site of its kind in Australia.
"I've never been so excited about soybeans - you can tell looking at me that they've never been
part of my lifestyle," the premier jokingly told the ABC on April 19.
"This new facility is a win for jobs, a win for regional NSW and a win for the environment and a win for fuel security."
According to Mr O'Farrell, approximately 500 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
Plans for the site were first lodged back in 2008 in a bid to ensure a reliable local supply of the commodity.
In addition to producing soybean meal for poultry and livestock use, the plant will also generate 288 million litres of biodiesel annually, reducing greenhouse emissions by 275,000 tonnes annually.
Mr O'Farrell explained that this carbon emission was the equivalent of taking 187,000 cars off the road every year.