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By Alan Ah Mu

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, June 26) - A New Zealand company has talked to the Samoa Government about taking over the failed coconut oil mill at Vaitele, to produce biodiesel.

Green Oil Co. Ltd., more specifically their representatives, have talked to the Prime Minister about their proposal.

Their proposal states, "Our core business is the production of biodiesel and we are passionate about producing a top quality product to not only run our own vehicles but to also make available to other customers."

The company says their interest in the biodiesel market was a natural progression from their other companies, Pick-A-Part and Ram-It-Ltd.

"Pick-A-Part Ltd is the largest self help vehicle dismantling company within NZ with seven sites in the North Island," it says in its proposal.

"These companies already run 25 diesel trucks and forklifts on the biodiesel we produce locally and it is a cost effective and environmentally friendly fuel alternative."

Gagaemauga No. 2 MP, Levaopolo Talatonu, referred to the company in Parliament on Wednesday, in calling for Government to revive its coconut-growing program.

There was a market for coconuts, he said, but many coconuts are 60 years old, Levaopolo said.

He said the by-product of the coconut oil would be exported by the company for horse feed. Yesterday, he elaborated that Green Oil was capable of producing 1,000 liters a day.

If given approval by Government to set up operations here the company can start producing very quickly he said.

"They can start tomorrow."

A member of Samoa Democratic United Party (SDUP), Levaopolo said he supports projects by Government that is good for his constituency and the country.

He said he introduced the company to Samoa but has told them he does not make decisions regarding approval for them.

Minister of Agriculture Taua Kitiona Seuala confirmed in Parliament that the matter with the biofuel company, Levaopolo had mentioned, was in Government hands.

Biodiesel was much cleaner than fossil fuel diesel, Green Oil says.

It says:

"It can be used in any diesel engine with no need for modifications - in fact diesel engines run better and last longer with biodiesel. "And it can easily be made from any kind of vegetable oil/fat.

"Biodiesel burns up to 75 percent cleaner than conventional diesel by substantially reducing unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter in exhaust fumes. "Sulphur dioxide emissions are eliminated, as biodiesel contains no sulphur. "It is plant based so it adds no CO2 to the atmosphere and the exhaust from vehicles run on biodiesel is not at all offensive.

"Biodiesel is a much better lubricant than conventional diesel fuel and it extends engine life.

"It has a high cetaine rating, which improves engine performance: 20 percent biodiesel added to conventional diesel fuel improves the cetaine rating 3 points, making it a premium fuel.

"It can be mixed with ordinary petroleum diesel fuel in any proportion, with no need for a mixing additive.

"Even a small amount of biodiesel means cleaner emissions and better engine lubrication: 1 percent biodiesel will increase lubricity by 65 percent."

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