Japan’s Mitsui Engineering Shipbuilding is likely to invest up to RM290 million in a bio-ethanol plant in Malaysia.
“It will first build a pilot plant, which will cost about RM40 million,” a source close to the deal said recently.
The plant will use empty fruit branches (EFBs) as its raw material.
A commercial plant will involve an investment of between RM200 million and RM250 million and it is expected to take two to three years to begin operation.
Mitsui Engineering is also expected to tie up with one of Malaysia’s top plantation companies.
“The parties involved are already in talks,” said the source, who declined to name the company involved.
Top officials of Mitsui Engineering, including its president Yasuhiko Katoh, met with deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin during the latter’s specific investment mission to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan recently.
Mitsui Engineering has built many advanced waste treatment facilities in harmony with the surrounding environment.
Its “Recycling 21 (R21) Pyrolysis and High Temperature Combustion System” is a waste treatment system developed to a commercial application level ahead of other firms. The system has earned an excellent evaluation from many local government bodies and authorities.
In the area of water treatment, it provide various systems such as treatment of industrial wastewater and sewage, incineration of sludge and disposal of waste oil.
In addition, its bio-gas plant converts the excreta of livestock to gas and energy, and a unit in Denmark has achieved good results with this.