Malaysian biomass project on track

Date: 
September 26, 2011

Malaysia's Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has told the Umas residents they have access to electricity when work on a biomass power plant is completed. 

Felda chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said 80 percent of the work on the MYR11.4 million (USD3.5 million) project had been completed.

"It is expected to be operational next year. "We hope once the biogas-powered plant is completed it can supply sufficient electricity to the people of Felda Umas," he said, reported the New Straits Times. The 1.2MW capacity plant produces electricity from waste palm oil.

There is already an exisiting biomass power plant in the area generating 7.2MW of electricity. More research and development in biomass-based power generation was being carried out in the projects