Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sawit launches first biogas plant

Tawau: Sawit Kinabalu Group on Thursday officially launched its first biogas power plant at its Apas Balung estate refinery here, which has proven very effective in reducing the estate's electricity cost.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who officiated at the opening, is confident that the presence of the biogas plant will also help the Group's image as an environment-friendly organisation, apart from reducing its operational costs.
He said the State Government very much welcomed the initiative, in line with its policies and halatuju which emphasises on sustainable economic development.
"I would like to stress that the State Government is committed in developing this State without disregarding environmental conservation," he said.
He also hoped more oil palm companies would emulate the move by the Group by venturing into new fields like biogas power plant development, which not only contributes to protecting the environment but also boosts the development of renewable energy in the State.
The Group's Managing Director, Othman Walat, who was also present, said the biogas plant has helped in the Group's effort to increase its efficiency and profit to RM3.28 million per annum.
The biogas plant has helped the Apas Balung estate refinery in reducing its diesel utilisation cost by 85 per cent, he said, adding the percentage is equivalent to increasing the refinery's production income by RM1.14 million a year.
Othman said that apart from reducing the refinery's production cost, because of the diesel utilisation cost, the biogas plant was also built primarily to help reduce environmental pollution in the Balung area.
"I was informed by the surrounding residents that since the biogas plant began its operation, bad smell coming from the refinery has significantly reduced. The liquid waste discharge from the refinery also went down from 91-100ppm to 30-40ppm or equivalent to a 60 per cent reduction," he said.
He said the Group intends to continue with this effort to boost further its production income through its "turning waste into wealth" project, that is making use of the oil palm waste for various purposes.
Among its plans are to build a livestock feed production mill based on palm waste at the estate as well as seven more biogas plants for its other refineries within the next five years, he said.
This is in line with the Group's mission to create sustainable wealth by running environment-friendly business, he said, adding all these are part of fulfilling the organisation's corporate obligation. 

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=80847

Green Sabah says: Biogas is one of the more environmentally friendly and low cost alternative for power generation, hope that this Biogas Power Plant at Apas Balung can help improve the electricity supply issues in Sabah and yet maintain the green aspect that we hold firm to. 

14 comments:

Anak Sabah said...

Biogas adalah salah satu penjana kuasa alternatif yang dikatakan lebih bersih dan mesra alam, tahniah dan syabas kepada Sawit Kinabalu Group kerana menggunakan cara ini untuk menjana elektrik dengan lebih berkesan. Semoga biogas ini akan diterima baik daripada rakyat Sabah.

Anak Sabah said...

Selain itu, Musa Aman pernah berkata bahawa Biogas ini akan membawa impak yang positif kepada industri penanaman terutamanya untuk industri kelapa sawit. Kalau tak silap, Sabah bakal menubuhkan sebuah penjana Biogas dan dijangka akan siap sebelum Disember 2014. Semoga lebih banyak syarikat akan menggunakan biogas supaya boleh mengurangkan pencemaran yang disebebakan penggunaan diesel.

drako drakonius said...

The technology for biogas production helped in the electricity generation for the plants and in the process it is also environment friendly by reducing the dependency on fossil fuel which is a source of air pollution.

drako drakonius said...

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman is confident that the biogas project being explored by the plantation sector in the state, can create a positive image for the oil palm industry. It would be seen as an environment friendly industry which gave serious consideration to the protection of the environment.

drako drakonius said...

The biogas plant project is the first for Kumpulan Sawit Kinabalu, a state government agency, and in line with its aim to create sustainable wealth while taking into consideration the protection of the environment in economic operations.

drako drakonius said...

The state government was committed to development without sidelining environmental protection this commitment will receive strong support from oil palm plantation companies in Sabah.

drako drakonius said...

The Chief minister also hoped that more companies would explore the production of environmental friendly energy and at the same time, contribute to the renewable energy sector in the state. There are more need to be more creative and innovative to continue the quest for new ways to drive the search for energy from sources which were previously considered useless.

drako drakonius said...

The technology for biogas production helped in the electricity generation for the plants and in the process it is also environment friendly by reducing the dependency on fossil fuel which is a source of air pollution.

sabaheco said...

This effort by the state government will going to generate more incomes for the state & more job opportunity for the people surrounding the area.

It's important for those who live near by to take this opportunity as full as they can...

ferlo said...

semoga penggunaan tenaga ini dpt diperkembangkan lagi.

Eli Ja said...

Biogas plants considerably reduce the greenhouse effects on the earth’s atmosphere by recycling waste. They also protect many natural resources, as they work to prevent waste, as well as provide a more environmentally friendly energy source.

Green Sabah said...

I'm sincerely glad to see the government taking more initiatives to introduce green technology in Power generating in Sabah. Other than biogas, the government has also considered bringing Geothermal and Biomass power generation in Sabah.

Green Sabah said...

You are correct Eli Ja, the biogas plant is capable of reducing the greenhouse effect and enables efficient use of waste. This is a very good iniative, congratulations to Sawit Group for being the first in the state to launch a biogas plant in Apas Balung.

Green Sabah said...

Hopefully more companies will make the Sawit Group an example to utilize cleaner alternative energy for their own needs.

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