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Jakarta Post

Bioethanol RI's golden ticket: Panigoro

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, November 1 2008   /  10:36 am
(JP/Yuli Suwarni)(JP/Yuli Suwarni)

(JP/Yuli Suwarni) Prominent businessman and founder of gas and oil company Medco Group, Arifin Panigoro (photo, right), said biofuel was a future alternative energy that could help Indonesia survive the energy crisis. "Indonesia cannot be wasteful anymore in using fuel as currently we only have a limited amount of fuel," Arifin said in a public lecture at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) on Friday. Arifin said there were 47 million hectares of semi-uncultivated land and 77 million hectares of uncultivated land in Indonesia that could be used for developing bioethanol, an alternative to fossil fuels. The raw materials for bioethanol can also be used for food. He said the Medco Foundation had initiated planting sugar cane, corn, soybean and sorghum on 20 hectares of neglected land in Papua during the past two years. Arifin called on th...