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Lombok builds biogas factory from corn cobs in a bid to reduce emissions

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Jakarta, IO – A biogas factory that processes corncob waste has started construction in West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). This development signifies the government’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions.

According to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation directorate general (EBTKE ESDM), the plant is being built by PT Kaltimex Energy, in collaboration with NTB region-owned enterprise (BUMD) and PT Gerbang NTB Emas (GNE), per ebtke.esdm.go.id, Monday (21/8).

Later, the plant will produce compressed biogas (CBG) as substitute for LPG and be used by hotels, restaurants and cafes. The CBG plant is projected to produce up to 10 tons of CBG per day and will start operation in 2025.

“The existence of the CBG Factory in Lombok is expected to reduce emissions by up to 5,448 tons of CO2 per year, absorb labor, increase the use of renewable energy, and solve waste problems,” wrote EBTKE ESDM.

NTB governor Zulkieflimansyah said this development addresses two important issues, namely industrialization and zero waste, as well as realizing the implementation of three programs, namely Green Tourism, Green Energy and Green Industry.

Meanwhile, corn cob is chosen because NTB has abundant waste with potential to be utilized in a bid to achieve Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2060.

“West Nusa Tenggara has an ambitious target to achieve an emission reduction target of 3 million tons of CO2, therefore we must start processing our waste such as corncobs which are abundant in NTB so that it has added value, by converting it into CBG,” said Zul.

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Furthermore, Trois Dilisusendi, coordinator of Bioenergy Investment and Cooperation at EBTKE, assessed that the CBG plant can support the NTB province to become self-sufficient in the energy sector.

“The central government continues to encourage the use of biogas, among others through the policy of using biogas as alternative fuel,” he added. (bp)

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