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Jakarta Post

East Java needs 48,000 tons of jatropha

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Pasuruan   /   Mon, March 15 2010   /  10:25 am

East Java looks to the prospect of becoming the first commercial biofuel producer in Indonesia
with a capacity of 1 million liters annually.Such a volume is expected from PT Alegria Indonesia, which is set to complete the construction of a plant in Pasuruan regency this year. The plant, located on 22 hectares of land at Oro-oro village, Kejayan district, commenced the construction last year under the Indonesia-Japanese joint venture with an investment value of more than US$300 million.Chief executive officer of PT Alegria Indonesia Wahyu Suprihadi Eko Sasono said the plant would need 48,000 tons of dried jatropha seeds in a month.The Pasuruan administration office has encouraged people to optimize the land use and cultivate jatropha in order to meet demands.“For the initial stage, we expect 4,000 tons of dried jatropha seeds. The volume will gradually grow to 48,000 tons in order t...