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113 palm oil mills identified to generate electricity from biogas
Published on: Thursday, October 29, 2015

KUALA KUBU BARU: The government has identified 113 palm oil mills with the potential to generate electricity from palm oil biogas for the national grid Fit-in-Tariff programme.Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the palm oil mills were situated near electricity power sub-stations and can absorb the electricity generated.

"There is already 12 palm oil mills that are already connected to the power grid network while 79 others are in the process of being connected," he told reporters here after opening the first Bio-Compressed Natural Gas (Bio-CNG) commercial production plant using palm-based biogas.

The Bio-CNG plant, located at FELDA Sg Tengi palm-oil mill in Selangor, is the first commercial Bio-CNG plant project based on palm oil mill effluent in the world undertaken by a joint venture between the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhd and Sime Darby Offshore Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Uggah also said biogas from palm oil mill effluent had a huge potential to generate green technology especially for electricity power generation.

In this respect, he said the government has provided various initiatives, to ensure the objectives under the National Key Economic Areas' - Entry Point Project No 5 for the biogas programme can be achieved.

"All palm oil mills that planned to increase the supply of their fresh fruit bunch were required to install biogas trapping facilities since January 2014.

Uggah also said the biogas programme was not only aimed at generating supplementary income but to encourage the use of renewable energy churned from bio-gas which can reduce operational costs. – Bernama



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