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Plantation Firm Plans Bioethanol Demonstration Plant Based on Palm Empty Fruit Branches

January 13, 2011 | Ian Young

Sime Darby Plantation (Kuala Lumpur) says it is collaborating with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding to construct and operate a demonstration plant that will convert oil palm empty fruit branches (EFB) into bioethanol. EFB is an "excellent" feedstock for the production of biofuels due to its abundant supply and year-round availability, Sime Darby says. Sime Darby Research, the R&D arm of Sime Darby Plantation, will build the plant next to the group's Tennamaram palm oil mill at Bestari Jaya near Selangor, Malaysia. The bioethanol plant will have...

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