Monday, April 4, 2011

Sime Darby, Tenaga and Mitsui & Co collaborates in potential biogas projects

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby PLANTATION [] Sdn Bhd, TENAGA NASIONAL BHD [] (Tenaga) and Mitsui & Co Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the feasibility of potential biogas projects at palm oil mills owned by Sime Darby Plantation.

The joint feasibility study will scrutinise in detail the technical feasibility, financial viability and preliminary development works for implementation of potential biogas power generation projects.

Sime Darby Plantation Executive Vice President Franki Anthony Dass said the feasibility study would begin with eight palm oil mills, which has the capacity to generate between 1.3Mw and 1.5Mw daily.

"We will extend the biogas production for power generation in other mills after the two-year feasibility study is done," he told the media at a press conference after signing the MoU on Monday, April 4.

Sime Darby Plantation has 62 palm oil mills, out of which 40 are in Malaysia while 22 are in Indonesia.

Dass said Sime Darby would also seek approval from Indonesian authorities to enable the mills to generate power from biogas in the future.

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