KUALA LUMPUR, September 21, 2010 – PREMIUM RENEWABLE ENERGY, MALAYSIA’S (“Premium”) bio oil project was today revealed to be part of the initiatives laid out under the Palm Oil, National Key Economic Area (“NKEA”) of Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (“ETP”) to commercialise second generation biofuels using oil palm biomass at the ETP Open Day held at the Putra World Trade Centre. The ETP Open Day was also visited by Malaysia’s Prime Minister The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
International Business Review
April-May Edition 2011
Often heralded as a land blessed with plentiful natural resources, one of Malaysia’s primary exports is palm oil - of which it is among the world’s largest producers. Refined from the fruit of the oil palm tree, this commodity is one of the most versatile around as it can be used to produce food, pharmaceuticals, or fuel.
What, however, is often overlooked is the potential of oil palm biomass - the shells or empty fruit bunches (EFBs) that are left behind after the fruit have been extracted. Often discarded or used as low value composed or burnt as an - admittedly inefficient - form of fuel, there has been lots of talk about harnessing the potential of EFBs, but little breakthroughs.
That is until now… Because, one company in Malaysia is set to make waves, not just in the country but all over the region, thanks to its innovative process where oil palm biomass - once considered as waste - is transformed into highly efficient fuel. Formed to take advantage of the abundance of biomass in the country - Malaysia produces an average of 20 million tonnes of EFBs per year - Premium Renewable Energy (Premium RE) is setting itself up as a company to watch in the coming years.
There are a number of reasons which help lend credence to the aforementioned claim - these include the technology used and the partnerships that Premium RE has formed to ensure the viability of its plans. However, not only does the company have the technical capacity to bring its vision into fruition, it also has the expertise to ensure success.
That is because its recently appointed Managing Director and CEO is none other than a man who is synonymous with the power generation industry in Malaysia - Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. Having been the Managing Director and CEO of Malakoff Corporation - the country’s largest independent power producer (IPP) with an installed capacity of more than 7,000MW - for 16 years, as well as a past President of Penjanebas (the Association of IPPs in Malaysia), he is bringing his vast know-how and experience in the field to Premium RE.
The Star Business
Saturday May 21, 2011
By Hanim Adnan
PALM biomass waste previously is often perceived as a bane to many oil palm mill operators. Every year, millers had to incur huge costs to transport and dispose empty fruit bunches (EFB), palm shells and mesocarp fibre after the process of crushing and extraction of palm oil and palm kernel oil from the fresh fruit bunches (FFB). This situation, however, will no longer persist as many oil palm plantation owners with mills in Malaysia are now actively looking at palm biomass waste as feedstock for them to set up “green” renewable energy projects; thus creating an additional lucrative income for the operators. One such company in the forefront of utilising palm biomass waste to generate renewable energy and power projects is Felda Global Group, which is also the world's largest plantation group. Of the Group's 15.3 million tonnes FFB which goes into its mills annually, 3.36 million tonnes of EFB, 1.83 million tonne of mesocarp and 760,000 tonnes of palm shells are accumulated. Some 6.1 million tonnes of old palm trunks are also derived from harvesting and 3,000 tonnes from replanting activities……….……Given Felda's abundant biomass resources and capability to convert them into renewable energy and power initiatives, it is inevitable for the group to venture into such good prospect and sustainable energy ventures, says Felda Holdings Bhd head of biomass Ahmad Nor Azman Jamin………..…“Another important venture is the Sahabat Bio Oil project in Sabah via a joint-venture with Premium Renewable Energy Group……….…..The potential take-off of the bio oil product include fuel for stationary engine in power plant, speciality chemicals extraction and export market as green fuel,” says Nor Azman.”
From D. Arul Rajoo
Wednesday May 18, 2011 16:23
NEW YORK, May 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will carry out biomass projects using waste from the oil palm industry to produce electric power, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the feedstock from oil palm waste would be also used to produce other products such as sugar and even vaccines.
Technology companies from the United States, with the capacity to invest and produce products from oil palm biomass, will be matched with Malaysian companies to garner profits for the country which is the world's largest producer of palm oil, Najib said following the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) for Malaysia inaugural meeting which he chaired at the New York Academy of Sciences here Wednesday.
28 April 2011
TIOS Group talks to Ahmad Jauhari Yahya the Managing Director of Premium Renewable Energy Sdn. Bhd.
Please begin by introducing Premium Renewable Energy and the Entry Point Project
We are a company focused on mass-conversion of biomass into a liquid biofuel namely bio oil or pyrolysis oil. We have an exclusive arrangement with Ensyn Corp., a Canadian company, to use the technology for this region including Malaysia. The technology is called Rapid Thermal Process or RTP and it represents a generic breakthrough in this technology space. Ensyn has formed a joint venture named Envergent Technologies with UOP Honeywell a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International on this technology. Thus we have these giants guaranteeing and standing behind the technology when we develop projects to commercialize the technology in this part of the world. This is important to reassure our investors in terms of potential success of the technology promoted.
The Star, Business
Saturday March 12, 2011
PETALING JAYA: Premium Renewable Energy (M) Sdn Bhd confirmed that it has selected US-based Envergent Technologies LLC, a Honeywell unit to undertake the engineering design for the first bio-oil plant in Malaysia that will use Envergent's RTP (Rapid Thermal Processing) technology to convert palm biomass into renewable heat and electricity.
A Premium spokeman told StarBiz yesterday that the company would be looking at setting up more such plants in the country possibly via joint ventures using palm biomass like empty fruit bunches (EFB), tree trunks and fronds as feedstock.
Premium has been identified as one of the two lead initiative owners for the seventh entry point project for the palm oil National Key Economic Area (NKEA) under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), involving the commercialisation of second-generation biofuel.
Premium has the exclusive rights to commercialise the proven RTP in Malaysia and other parts of the region for the production of renewable liquid fuels from biomass for heat, power and green transportation fuels.
The Edge Malaysia (Cover Story), January 24, 2011.
“Taking Felda to the Next Level” by Jenny Ng
& “We are focusing on our core business and reinventing it” by Jenny Ng and Chua Sue-Ann.
Page 60, 61, 62 & 65.
“We see potential new revenue for biomass and we are focusing on green technology, how to convert biomass, empty fruit bunches into energy” said Sabri. Last year Felda Palm Industries Sdn. Bhd. a subsidiary of FHB, signed an MOU with Premium Renewable Energy to build a bio-oil plant based on pyrolysis technology in Felda Sahabat in Sabah.
“In Sahabat we intend to have another big one, 30MW, involving new technology which is to turn biomass into bio-oil pyrolysis. It is a joint-venture project. In the Felda group, the new business is to monetise the by-products apart from using them as compost."
Y. Bhg. Datuk Sabri Ahmad
Group President and CEO of Felda Global Ventures Sdn. Bhd. and Managing Director, Felda Holdings Bhd.
Written by Jenny Ng
Published in The Edge Financial Daily: 21st December 2010
Online since: Monday, 3rd January 2011 00:00
PETALING JAYA: Premium Renewable Energy Sdn Bhd is in talks with two plantation companies to form joint ventures to produce bio-oil using palm biomass, according to managing director Anand Selvaratnam.
Mark Reno, Managing Director of Envergent Technologies, part of Honeywell US, compares pyrolisis oil to fossil fuel.
Daily Express, Sabah
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced recently that nine agreements worth some RM30 billion have been inked between the Government and the private sector, boosting the RM1.3 trillion Economic Transformation Programme to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.
There is only one company to be involved in Sabah by setting up a bio-oil plant, dubbed the first of its kind in Malaysia, which will use oil palm biomass as feedstock Selangor based Premium Renewable Energy (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
It was reported at the Economic Transformation Programme: A Roadmap for Malaysia book launch at the Putra World Trade Centre recently that PRE will set up a RM124m bio-oil plant in Lahad Datu, besides investing in 29 bio-oil plants by 2020 as part of the Palm Oil NKEA to commercialise second-generation bio-fuel using oil palm biomass.
The Palm Oil, NKEA has an indicative Key Performance Indicator of nine bio-oil plants to be developed by 2015 and 29 bio-oil plants by 2020 throughout Malaysia with an annual production of 1.1 million tonnes and 3.8 million tonnes of bio-oil, respectively.
With the recent unveiling of the 10th Malaysia Plan by the Government, a new renewable energy target for power of 985 MW or 5.5 per cent of electricity generated by 2015 was set. The bulk of the target or 330MW comes from biomass.
PRE would work with the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and other oil palm players to spearhead production of bio-oil from oil palm biomass and other biomass available regionally via pyrolysis technology, as the local partner of technology giants Ensyn and UOP-Honeywell.
Its Chairman, Datuk Razman Hashim, said Malaysia’s energy sector is in transition based on the realisation that Malaysia’s petroleum resources having been developed since the 1970s, are finite and non-replaceable.
"The days of cheap and plentiful oil and gas some say are over, and Malaysia cannot remain in denial. Now seems the right time for Malaysia to really make headway in developing renewable energy resources and portfolio much like it did in the 1970s for its fossil fuel resources.”
"Malaysia must now look at delivering green renewable sources of energy for both its power and transportation needs," he said.
PRE and its partners UOP Honeywell and Honeywell International are working towards this in bio-oil and Rapid Thermal Process technology for power and heat applications.
The result is upgrading bio-oil into "drop-in" green renewable transportation fuels such as green diesel, gasoline and jet fuel ready for use in conventional engines.”
"RTP is a proven technology with seven commercial plants running in North America. It was developed over 20 years of R&D.”
"Bio-oil from oil palm biomass is renewable, biodegradable and does not contribute to a net rise in carbon dioxide and consequently to the greenhouse effect. It can be stored and transported just like crude oil with a multitude of energy use options.”
"For Malaysia, we have determined that oil palm biomass is the most abundant and suitable for bio-oil production...and among the answers to Malaysia’s future energy requirements, contributing positively to energy security and help achieve the up to 40 per cent targeted GDP carbon emission intensity by 2020 compared with 2005 levels our Prime Minister had committed to in Copenhagen."
This PRE company was set up in 2007 and formed a partnership with Ensyn Technologies of Canada in 2008 which provides it exclusive rights to commercialise Ensyn’s proven RTP technology in Malaysia and other parts of the region for the production of bio-oil for power and transportation fuels.
Ensyn is a world leader in production of bio-oil from biomass and has more than 20 years of commercial experience with its RTP technology at its seven commercial biomass plants in the US and Canada.