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Biofuel from sago waste in Malaysia

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has started a project to extract biofuel from sago waste through its Sago Research Centre.

By Kari Williamson

Unimas Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid, says: “Unimas has conducted a study on overall sago usage at the pioneer plant which started last year. This project is the result of the RM11 million allocation given by Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.”

At the same time, Unimas is in talks with Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) to produce biodiesel and organic fertiliser from oil palm wastes.

“We will use a factory owned by Salcra at Bau as our research centre by taking waste material from the oil palm plantation, and we will be the first to produce biodiesel from oil palm wastes,” he adds.

The biodiesel project is expected to commence mid next year and costs is expected to reach RM7 million.

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