Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teck Guan Group to operate bio-ethanol project in Tawau

Syarikat Teck Guan Group has launched a pilot project to produce lignocellulosic bio-ethanol from oil palm biomass.

The setting up of the plant which began in May, is expected to be operational by month-end.

According to its Operational Innovation, Research and Development director Douglas Furtek, the plant can produce 72 litres of ethanol from a metric tonne of wet empty fruit bunches, and capacity can be easily upscaled.

Furtek hoped more foreign investors would be attracted to the state, the country's largest palm oil producer.

It is informed that the plant is the first in the country to produce ethanol from empty fruit bunches (EFB) and it will contribute to the production of bio-fuels, bio-plastics and other environmentally-friendly products.

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia strategic innovation executive vice president Bas Melssen said biomas products, in the form of pellets, bio-based fuel or bio-based chemicals, can contribute RM30bil a year to the national economy and create 66,000 high-value jobs by 2020, adding half of these jobs would be in Sabah.


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