Jatropha has huge potential as biodiesel feedstock – PNOC
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (25 September) -- The Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corporation (PNOC-AFC) is now undertaking a wide-scale scientific work on jatropha to find out which is the best variety of jatropha (locally known as tuba-tuba) can be planted and is suitable in various parts of the country.
PNOC-AFC president and chief executive officer Peter Anthony Abaya said jatropha has a huge potential as a biodiesel feedstock.
PNOC-AFC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of state-owned PNOC is undertaking research and development initiatives to determine the best variety of jatropha is concluding this year end.
There is a need to have at least 10,000 liters for testing jatropha's properties that is why PNOC-AFC has started pilot nurseries and plantations in various parts of the country to address the need.
The Company stressed that "we do not encourage replacement of food crops for biodiesel crops. Jatropha planting gives an opportunity to farmers and organized groups to earn income from idle, marginal and unproductive lands. We see more than five million hectares of lands that fall in this category," said Abaya.
PNOC-AFC assures the production of high quality biodiesel that meets United States, European and Philippine standards since it is eyeing not only the local but the international market as well.
The biofuels corporation of PNOC is currently negotiating with a number of companies that they assess to possess the best technologies available in the market today.
PGMA has stated that jatropha is a 100% substitute for diesel and is very competitive in terms of cost compared to other feedstocks like coconut, palm and soya seed.
Jatropha has a special trait that allows the PNOC to enter into alternative feedstock for the petrochemical industry. (PIA) [top]