Malaysian state of Sarawak receives 22 applications for licenses to generate biomass-fired power from palm oil and wood processing mill operators, with combined annual output of 130 MW

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia , November 5, 2012 () – Kualalumpur: Here is the text of news released by official news agency Bernama on its website:

Sarawak received a total of 22 applications from palm oil and wood processing mill operators for licences to start power plants generated from biomass in the state.

State Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan today said that of the total number of applications, 11 were from palm oil mills involving the generation of about 60 Megawatt (MW) of power while the remaining 11 were from wood processing mills for 70MW of power.

"Mills utilising these biomass fuel sources to generate power or heat for their own consumption are able to enjoy operational savings in energy costs, thus enabling them to produce competitively-priced products," he said.

He made these remarks in his speech at a contract signing ceremony between Japan's Kubota Corporation and BBC Biogas Sdn Bhd here.

The contract was for the construction of an anaerobic and aerobic membrane bioreactor system for BBC Biogas Plant in Bintulu, which would produce renewable energy source from oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB).

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