Thursday, May 14, 2009

Indonesia - State plantations to build bio-diesel plant

According to a senior government official, three Indonesian state plantation firms plan to build a bio-diesel factory with a capacity to produce up to 400,000 mt of palm-based bio-diesel a year, Reuters reports.

State plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III and its sister companies plan to set up the bio-diesel plant in northern Sumatra, said the deputy for agriculture. "The bio-diesel industry is new for state plantation firms. The plantation firms also plan to venture into bioethanol," he told reporters, adding that certain state enterprises will co-operate to build a bioethanol facility to produce 800,000 tonnes of bioethanol.

This year, 11 state plantation firms are expected to produce a total of 3 million tonnes of crude palm oil, or 15 percent of Indonesia's total palm oil production, up from 2.9 million tonnes in 2008, he said.

China and Japan have expressed interest in developing Indonesia's biofuel and renewable energy sources, and see the country as a potential producer, the chairman of the Indonesian Cooperatives Council (Dekopin) said, Antara reports. He said that Chinese and Japanese delegations would soon visit Indonesia to explore the possibilities of investing in the sector. (6 March 2009)

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