Indonesia Invites Japanese Companies to Collaborate on Wood Biomass Potential

Thursday, 08-July-2021 14:00

A workers measure the water content of waste wood that are processed into wood pellets.
A workers measure the water content of waste wood that are processed into wood pellets.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian forestry industry businesses are expected to cooperate with companies from Japan to cooperate in the utilization of wood biomass, which has abundant potential in the archipelago country.

"Indonesia has abundant biomass wealth, while Japan has the technology to utilize biomass. We must be able to find common ground and seek cooperation from Japanese and Indonesian companies," said Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Japan Heri Akhmadi in a written statement in Jakarta, on Thursday (07/08/2021).

Heri said that Sumitomo Forestry in Japan already has a biomass power plant (urban biomass power generation) in Kawasaki. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi owns and develops biomass co-firing technology with 11 power plants with a total of 3,574 megawatts (MW).

During the Indonesia-Japan Virtual Business Dialogue on Wood Products, organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo in collaboration with the Indonesian Forestry Community Communication Forum (FKMPI) on Monday (07/05), Heri said Mitsubishi has also collaborated with ITB to develop energy needs in Indonesia in the future.

In addition, Renova Inc and Kyudenko Corporation have biomass power plants, all of which have expressed their desire to cooperate in building biomass-based power plants in Indonesia.

"Three days ago when I met Sumitomo Forestry, I also encouraged Sumitomo Forestry to be able to cooperate with universities in Indonesia to develop industrial forest plantations for energy generation needs in the future," Heri said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Forestry Community Communication Forum (FKMPI) Indroyono Soesilo said that the potential for developing biomass from energy plantations in Indonesia is quite significant.

"Indonesia's fertile natural conditions allow for accelerated growth of plant species that have high calories for biomass energy," he said.

According to Indroyono, the Japanese market likes Acacia and Eucalyptus wood, even though these woods take 5-6 years to be harvested. Meanwhile, the domestic market uses Gamal and Kaliandra wood, which can be harvested from the second and third year using sprucing method.

"Therefore, we propose that the Japanese market does not only look at Acacia and Eucalyptus, but for wood chips and wood pellets, we can use Gamal and Kaliandra wood, which have no less calories than coal," he said.

On this occasion, Indroyono also invited Japanese companies/investors as well as industries and concessions in Indonesia to be able to work together to support the co-firing program in Indonesia, and also to increase the production of wood chips and wood pellets for both domestic and export needs.

"Another collaboration is related to our efforts to replace 2,100 diesel power plants, where Japan can build 15/30 MW biomass power plants, while we prepare land for planting various types of plants to supply the raw materials,"Indroyono added, as reported by Antara.

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