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CNOOC Signs Pact for Major Biofuels Investment in Indonesia

1:38 PM MDT | January 17, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has agreed with Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (Jakarta) and Hong Kong Energy to jointly invest $5.5 billion over eight years to develop biofuel projects in the provinces of Kalimantan and Papua, Indonesia. The companies will plant 1 million hectares of cassava, oil palm, and sugar cane. Palm oil will be used to produce biodiesel and the other crops will be used to make bioethanol. It is Indonesia’s biggest biofuel project, eclipsing a $3-billion investment announced by a consortium led by Genting Biofuels...

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