A FIRE in the early hours of this morning at United Ethanol’s Dalby Bio-Refinery may impact the supply of grain in the short-term to the plant, which is a significant user of sorghum and feed barley on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
Sources within the grain trade said United Ethanol is unlikely to know the extent of damage to the plant, and how that will impact on its ability to process grain, before Monday.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) received a call from staff at the plant at 2.25am. Four crews attended the blaze which QFRS said occurred in the top of a hopper.
The plant had been evacuated when emergency services personnel arrived.
The blaze was contained by about 3.30am.
The Dalby Bio-Refinery opened in 2008. It provides ethanol for United Petroleum as well as BP, Viva (Shell) and Puma.
Last year the bio-refinery used around 180,000 tonnes of grain.
The plant produces dried distillers grain as a co-product of ethanol production; this is sold to beef feedlots and piggeries as a high-protein ingredient in rations.