Cassava, not in Cambodia... photo: The Ewan
Just a quick one on ethanol and Southeast Asia: Chinaview.cn is reporting that Cambodia has opened the nation’s first ethanol production facility. Using cassava as a feedstock, at least initially all of the plant’s production will be for the export market (primarily the European market...). Here are the rest of the details:100,000 Tons Cassava Flour = 36,000 Tons of Ethanol
Located in Pongnea Leu, the facility will create 192 new jobs and will encourage farmers to grow greater quantities of cassava. It has a capacity to produce 36,000 tons of ethanol per year from some 100,000 tons of dry cassava flour—a figure which it hopes to double in the next few years. The total project cost, which includes branches in Kampong Cham and Battambang to purchase cassava from farmers and an additional 8,000 hectares of cassava cultivation, is $40 million.
Cambodia currently cultivates some 30,000 hectares of cassava, which yields about 536,000 tons of flour.
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