Bell Bay Powerfuels is a green methanol production facility located in Bell Bay, Tasmania. The project aims sustainably produce 300,000 tonnes of green methanol to be used as an alternative fuel for hard to abate sectors such as shipping or aviation. The project will complement and expand the renewable resources of Tasmania, including world-leading low-emissions renewable power and harvest residues from certified forestry plantations, to produce net-zero methanol.
The project will be located in Tasmania’s Bell Bay within an existing industrial precinct, on the site of a decommissioned oil fired power station. This strategic location supports deep water port infrastructure, a high capacity grid connection and large quantities of biomass residues from established sustainable plantation fibre processing and export industry.
Bell Bay Powerfuels is located on the kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary; we acknowledge the long history of human settlement, with many Aboriginal living places on the flood plains and tidal flats. The meeting place of the North Esk and South Esk rivers was also a meeting place for the Panninher people from the Norfolk Plains, the Tyerrenotepanner people from the Northern Midlands and the traditional owners of the country, the Letteremairrener people.
The estuary provided a rich food source of vegetation, eggs, waterfowl, fish and shellfish for Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years, and it continues to be an important cultural landscape today.
In recognition of the Estuary's cultural significance, kanamaluka / Tamar Estuary was formally adopted as a dual name in 2014. The name was researched and recommended by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as part of the palawa kani language programme.
ABEL Energy is an Australian green hydrogen and green methanol project developer, with a vision to become the largest owner and operator of green methanol production facilities in Australia and New Zealand. The company is led by some of the most experienced synthetic fuel proponents in Australia, with expertise in chemical engineering, fuel applications and corporate development. It is a member of the Methanol Institute, CO2 Value Australia and Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone BBAMZ Ltd.