Japan Needs 40 Thousand Tons of Palm Oil Empty Bunch Pellets per Month


It is recorded that there are 3 biomass products to meet the bioenergy market in Japan, first from coconut commodity to be used as solid and liquid fuel from non-standard coconut. Then secondly, pallets from empty palm oil bunches, IJB-Net ensures that the need for these pellets is around 40 thousand tons per month, and thirdly, pellets from energy wood.

"To meet the supply of pellets from empty oil palm fruit bunches to Japan, a minimum supply is needed from an area of ​​around 480 thousand ha," said the Chairperson and Initiator of IJB-Net, Suyoto Rais at the Kick Off Meeting of the Work Plan for Fulfilling the Needs of the Japanese Bioenergy Market, which attended by InfoSAWIT, at the end of 2020.

Furthermore, said Suyoto, empty palm oil bunches (TKKS) are the largest waste produced by oil palm plantations. The number of empty fruit bunches of oil palm is about 25% of the weight of fresh fruit bunches (FFB). However, until now the utilization of OPEFB waste has not been maximally used, and it is not uncommon for it to be considered as waste. It's just that in order to be used as pellets, OPEFB needs to be processed so that the salt content can be lowered and this has been confirmed that the technological development has almost been completed.

“We just have to wait for the policies of the Japanese government and the Indonesian government to support it. Where in Japan, it will indicate compliance with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate, although we also offer other certificates such as ISPO, while in Indonesia it may be subject to export levies as applied to palm shells," he said.

The IJB-Net party ensures that there are already buyers of EFB pellets, only that additional investors are needed for the construction of the pellet processing plant. With the consortium, it becomes a forum in an effort to meet the funding needs for the establishment of a pellet mill and guarantee the supply of OPEFB raw materials at a predetermined location.

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