By Donnabelle L. Gatdula (The Philippine Star) July 08, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – PNOC-Alternative Fuels Corp., the biofuels development arm of state-owned Philippine National Oil Co., is planning to put up its own jatropha processing plant, a top company official said.
PNOC-AFC general manager Clovis Tupas said the project will entail a cost of not more than P10 million.
He said the company is looking at putting up a 5,000-liter jatropha processing plant in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. PNOC-AFC maintains a 500-hectare jatropha nursery plantation in the military camp.
“Target operation is next year when feedstock becomes available,” Tupas said.
The company said it prefers to grow jatropha curcas or “tuba-tuba” as this is believed to be the most productive and economical feedstock.
“PNOC-AFC will put up a processing plant on its own. This is in addition to the pre-commercial facility in DOST. No partners, no joint ventures,” he said.
Earlier, PNOC-AFC and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the jatropha biodiesel processing facilities located at the DOST compound in Bicutan, Taguig.
PNOC-AFC is mandated to take the lead in spearheading the growth of biofuels industry in the country under the Biofuels Act.
Specifically, PNOC-AFC is tasked to explore, develop and accelerate the utilization and commercialization of alternative fuels in the country.