Australian engineering firm is first Certified Support Partner to provide full range of field engineering and technical services for OriginOil customers
Los Angeles, California & Melbourne, Australia - 15 February, 2012 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), a leading developer of next-generation algae oil technologies for the transportation fuel, chemicals and foods markets, today announced that it has named Melbourne-based Frontline Engineering Australia as OriginOil’s first Certified Support Partner worldwide.
Building on a successful collaboration to date, Frontline will help algae producers and integrators install, engineer and operate OriginOil systems in Australia and also the Asia-Pacific region.
“Frontline has been an effective and innovative support partner beginning with our first commercial customer, MBD Energy,” said Ken Reynolds, OriginOil’s vice president of marketing. “As we prepare to expand our sales channel and customer base throughout the Asia-Pacific region, working with MBD and others, we expect that our customers will have prompt access to trained and certified technical staff close to their own time zone.”
Mark Ellison, managing director of Frontline Engineering Australia, stated, “We are very pleased that OriginOil chose our firm as its first Certified Support Partner. Algae production is one of the fastest growing new industries in Australia, with the potential to dramatically impact our production of carbon-neutral foods and fuels. We look forward to playing a key role in the development of that industry both here and in the rest of the region.”
“Frontline Engineering Australia is a reliable provider of engineering services and is especially well qualified in the field of ‘smart’ power supplies, which is key to supporting OriginOil’s customers in the field,” said Larry Sirmans, CEO of Future Energy Systems and previously Technical Director at leading Australian algae producer MBD Energy. “I am very happy to see that OriginOil has selected them to provide field services to algae producers throughout Australia and in Asia-Pacific.”
A number of commercial algae producers, such as MBD Energy, are taking advantage of Australia’s ideal growing conditions in terms of sunlight and available land, combined with strong industry support from the Australian government and leading algal research facilities such as James Cook University and University of Queensland. Last year Finland’s Neste Oil, together with a consortium of 17 other companies known as the AlgaePARC project, announced plans to expand research and development of renewable algae biofuels with a focus on production in Australia.