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August 1, 2008, 2:10 am
Filed under: Media Reports, Oil Palm

Friday July 25, 2008

Sarawak firms to produce biofuel

By STEPHEN THEN

AES AgriVerde, based in Kuala Lumpur, and Rimbunan Hijau Sdn Bhd, based in Sarawak, yesterday launched Sarawak’s first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project at Rimbunan’s oil palm estate near Long Teru in interior Miri.     

The project involves a bio-digester set up by AES to trap gas produced by rotting wastes.

The two companies now plan to harness the gas and turn it into a major source of cooking fuel and electricity.

AES country manager Mohd Nafi Mohd Zin said the CDM project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emission by the equivalent of 25,512 tonnes annually.

“We plan to invest up to US$100mil in greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in the region in our effort to fight global warming.

“By trapping gas emitted from the rotting wastes and harnessing them for useful purposes, we can achieve an annual emission reduction of 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2012,” he told a press conference.

“If properly tapped, the gas could be used to operate a 50 kilowatt micro-turbine to generate electricity. The gas can also be stored into cylinders for cooking and industrial use.

“These plans will be the next phase of our project,” he said, adding that AES plans to set up bio-digester plants in more areas in Sarawak.

Rimbunan’s chief operating officer Khoo Lian Hong said his company and AES entered into a seven-year contract for the bio-gas project, with option to renew up to 20 years.

AES AgriVerde is part of the global AES Corporation that is involved in green alternative energy projects in 28 countries.

Rimbunan is a major multi-developer having vast operations in Sarawak and abroad, specialising in plantation and estates, construction and logging.

 

PS: Rimbunan Hijau’s immaculate environment track record is available for download here


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