PTPN IV Collaborates with reNIKOLA to Advance Compressed Biomethane Gas (CBG) Technology

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PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Holding Perkebunan Nusantara, in conjunction with its subsidiary PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) IV, made an announcement on June 30, 2023, regarding their strategic partnership with reNIKOLA SDN BHD, a renewable energy company based in Malaysia.

This collaboration is geared towards accelerating the implementation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices within the PTPN Group, reflecting their shared commitment to reducing carbon emissions while maintaining a positive impact on the environment.

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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was directly signed by Director of PTPN IV, Sucipto Prayitno and Director of reNIKOLA SDN BHD, Lim Beng Guan. The cooperation was announced in an online ceremony on 12 September 2023.

The plan is that the cooperation would focus to develop CBG from palm oil liquid waste or known as palm oil mill effluent (POME). The project would cover four mills of PTPN IV, such as, PKS Tinjowan, PKS Pulu Raja, PKS Dolok Sinumbah, and PKS Pabatu in North Sumatera Province.

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Director of PTPN IV, Sucipto Prayitno said that the cooperation would be part of initiatives of PTPN IV in green-house gas reduction contribution that derives from palm oil plantation process. This is the same with the commitment of PTPN Group to reduce emission in business as usual (BAU) in plantation sector.

“With the cooperation, we support the government’s program to reduce green-house gas up to 29 percent (with own ability) or 41 percent (with the help from international scale) in 2030, just the same with nationally determined contribution,” Sucipto said as quoted from the official page of Holding Perkebunan, Monday (25/9/2023).

Director of reNIKOLA SDN BHD, Lim Beng Guan thought that his company is also committed to reduce decarbonization globally. One main focus of the cooperation is about to develop CBG by substituting POME to be more valuable sources and usable. The company planned to realize 50 CBG projects in Indonesia with the fund estimation about US$ 300 million while hoping to collaborate with PTPN Group.

Marketing Director of Holding Perkebunan Nusantara PTPN III (Persero), Dwi Sutoro did welcome the cooperation plan. He thought, this is the same with carbon emission reduction plan in PTPN Group. He also hoped that new renewable energy (RNE) development in Indonesia would get more supports from the government to get investors in developing RNE.

Every party hoped the cooperation would deliver advantages for the two institutions, environment and people in a whole. This would be positive to face climate change challenge globally.

Dwi hoped that in the future RNE development in Indonesia would be interesting for other investors. “Of course, this is about to fulfil energy needs in national level for now and in the future,” he said. (T2)

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