Leading Australian energy company Ampol has announced it has turned to major construction supplier Hanson to forge forward with a new renewable diesel trial

Ampol has announced it will conduct a renewable diesel trial, with construction and building material supplier Hanson Australia confirmed as its first customer partner.

The trial will allow Ampol to get a practical understanding of the customer demand and market feasibility of renewable diesel in Australia. Ampol will supply Hanson with a blend consisting of 20 per cent renewable diesel and 80 per cent ultra-low sulphur diesel in addition to its Ampol Amplify additives.

The announcement of the renewable diesel trial follows Ampol’s recent partnership with Japan’s largest oil company, ENEOS, to explore the production of renewable fuels at the Lytton refinery.

Ampol executive general manager of international and new business Brent Merrick says the trial strengthens Ampol’s position as a leading supplier of world-class quality fuels.

“Ampol is proud of the role it plays in supporting our customers. We are acutely aware that our customers’ transport energy priorities are shifting and that partnering with industry leaders such as Hanson is vital in ensuring we continue to evolve,” Merrick says.

“This renewable diesel trial is another step in our development of a renewable fuels business in Australia. The availability of renewable diesel, particularly for hard-to-abate areas, is of particular interest as it does not require vast fleet or infrastructural changes.

“Renewable diesel has an important role to play in the energy transition. We would like to thank Hanson for committing to this journey with Ampol.”

Hanson is a leader in building and construction materials with an extensive production and logistics network across Australia.

“This trial furthers Hanson’s commitment to CO2 reduction across the supply chain, with innovation being the key to our roadmap,” Hanson Australia chief executive Phil Schacht says.

The trial will start in the coming weeks and run for approximately two months, with an evaluation process to be executed prior to exploring a wider roll out to Ampol’s broader customer base.