Myanmar, Japan to Cooperate on Jatropha Biodiesel Production

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As if the sustainability issues are first generation biofuels weren’t substantial enough already....

Japan and Myanmar are set to cooperate on production of biodiesel, website is reporting. Under the joint venture Myanmar Bio Energy Company, the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, the Japan Development Institute, and the Japan Bio Energy Development Cooperation will be expanding cultivation of Jatropha curcas, establishing a refining/trading center and conducting education and training.

More on the project:648,000 Hectares Planted Initially
MBEC says that Myanmar has about 6.41 million hectares (15.9 million acres) of land suitable for growing Jatropha, but initial plantings will take place on 648,000 hectares in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway districts.

80 Tons Production Per Day
Total projected production at the as yet to be built US$8 million facility, occupying 6 hectares near Yangon, will be 80 tons of biodiesel per day. The fuel produced will be used both domestically and exported.

No word on when the production facility is expected to come online, but the nation currently has a target to grow 3.23 million hectares of biodiesel crops this year.


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