Fiji Ethanol Production To Start Next Year

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Production should exceed domestic fuel demand

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, December 30, 2014) – Plans to establish an ethanol production plant in the Western Division are set to begin mid next year, says Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan.

He said the project was expected to cost between $75million [US$37,530,000] and $80million [US$40,031,000], and it would reduce the country's fuel import bill while generating much-needed revenue for the FSC.

"What we're looking at is producing an E10 blend of fuel, which is 10 per cent ethanol and 90 per cent normal fuel," Mr Khan said.

"We believe we have the capacity to produce about 13 million litres a year.

"And when you take into account that Fiji consumes about 10 million litres of fuel annually, the remaining ethanol could be sold around the region which means additional revenue for the FSC."

He said discussions would be held with oil companies and fuel handlers to ensure the infrastructure was in place once the project started.

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