Indonesia: Pertamina to produce bioethanol from sugarcane, cassava

Indonesia: PT Pertamina, the state energy company of Indonesia will be producing bioethanol using sugarcane and cassava this year, said its CEO Nicke Widyawati at a conference on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

The world’s biggest palm oil biodiesel user is working to cut fuel imports and carbon emissions by introducing bioethanol mandates for gasoline but the non-availability of feedstock is an obstacle to achieving the target.

Nicke said, “We have decided to use sugarcane, and cassava to produce bioethanol this year. There is a sufficient feedstock that can be used for this purpose.”

Last year he had stated that the company would begin a trial of hydrogen production in 2023 to produce 100 kg (220 lb) of hydrogen per day from its geothermal plant in Ulubelu on Sumatra Island.

“Indonesia has around 27GW (gigawatts) of geothermal and out of these, less than 10% have been utilized to become electricity,” he said.

We are aiming to triple the capacity in the next five to seven years, he said.


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