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Climate Change

Indonesia to turn palm oil methane into biofuel with Japanese help

JGC, Osaka Gas and Inpex join forces with Pertamina

Methane from palm oil lagoons is a significant factor in global warming. (Photo by Tsubasa Yoda)

TOKYO -- Japanese engineering giant JGC Holdings is teaming up with Indonesian state energy company Pertamina to turn methane generated in palm oil production into a biofuel.

Palm oil mill effluent collected from Indonesian plantations on the island of Sumatra and in Kalimantan will be fermented and refined to produce biomethane. Production is expected to begin in 2025 at an annual 10,000 tons, with plans to boost it to 100,000 tons by 2030.

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