IT is a little known fact but Wilmar BioEthanol sources more than 150,000 tonnes of molasses from Mackay Sugar's mills, as well as molasses supplied from Wilmar Sugar's Proserpine and Plane Creek mills.
Wilmar BioEthanol is a manufacturer of BioEthanol from locally sourced molasses, supplying fuel, industrial and pharmaceutical-grade ethanol products nationally.
Wilmar BioEthanol's plant is located in Sarina and is a significant employer in the Sarina region.
Production involves molasses as a feed stock for yeast to ferment a portion of the sugars in the molasses.
Through unique Biostil technology, concentration of the end product Biodunder occurs and transforms the product into a valued and flowable liquid fertiliser.
Biodunder is predominately used in the sugarcane-growing as potassium fertiliser. A product known as Suplaflo is also sold into cattle grazing markets for a liquid stock supplement.
Research by the CSIRO indicates the product is an appropriate feed supplement. The product also has properties that act as binding agents. Similar products are used overseas as dust suppressants and trials are commencing this season to investigate its use as a coal wagon veneer.