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Palm Oil-Powered Plant Supply Heat To German Homes

Source:  Copyright 2009, Bernama
Date:  November 15, 2009
Byline:  Siti Hawa Othman
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Despite adverse publicity on palm oil, the commodity has proven its efficiency as a fuel to supply heat to nearly 35,000 German homes.

A combined heat and power plant operated by Vattenhall Europe at Weigandufer, near here, has been running on natural gas, coal and a portion of palm oil supplied by Malaysia's IOI Group refinery in Rotterdam.

"There is an estimated 40 miles of piping to various homes. The certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) is doing a humble effort in keeping the German and European families warm at an affordable rate," said Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron.

Speaking to BERNAMA, he said, the plant could not use local seed oil as it was expensive and does not burn as fuel.

As such, palm oil clearly had all the positive attributes in being not only a renewable fuel at an affordable price but the oil could also work in any situation, whether hot or cold.

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