Sarawak's first biodiesel plant to start production in March

27 January 2010 10:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Senari Biofuels plans to bring on stream the first biodiesel plant in the Malaysian state of Serawak in March, a company source said on Wednesday.

The 120,000 tonne/year plant located at Assar Senari Industrial Complex in Kuching cost Malaysian ringit (M$) 80m ($23.3m) to build, the source said.

“We target to start production in March but we cannot disclose the exact date,” the source said.

The biodiesel plant would receive feedstock from an adjacent palm oil refinery owned by Assar Senari Group (ASG), he added.

Additional feedstock would be procured through pipelines from nearby Assar independent oil terminal and deep-sea port, the source said.

Senari Biofuels was also planning to build a biodiesel plant at the Tanjung Manis industrial complex, in western Sarawak and another plant at Lawas industrial complex, north of the Malaysian state, the source said.

There are 12 active biodiesel plants in Malaysia with a combined capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year. Four plants are located in Pasir Gudang and four more in Selangor, while Perak and Sabah are home to two biodiesel plants each.

($1 = M$3.43)

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