QER is producing aviation fuel which will be sent to a leading research and testing centre in the United Kingdom for continued certification as an aircraft fuel.
Although currently approved for aircraft use, shale derived jet fuel; manufactured from the Paraho processing technology requires an amount of technical work to confirm its suitability for continued certification.
QER is dispatching several thousand litres of shale derived jet fuel made at the NFDC in Gladstone to the UK for testing and evaluation.
In summary these tests simulate the conditions that an aircraft fuel will endure in flight without having to actually fly an aircraft.
So if you imagine that freezing conditions that the fuel is subject to in the planes’ wing mounted fuel tanks and then has very hot hydraulic fluids circulating through the fuel tank (to cool down the hot fluids which control the aircraft) then you can quickly see that the fuel must maintain its qualities before being pumped to the inlet side of the jet engine. These conditions put enormous physical and chemical stress on jet fuel and so it’s vitally important that the fuel can cope with these conditions.
So QER’s program will be conducted over the next several months and will culminate in a report and technical submission to the UK certifying body from which the Australian authorities take their guidance.
This program should be wrapped up by early 2015.