Eastern Scraps Plan to Build Ethanol Plant
by Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo (The Manila Times) Eastern Petroleum Corp. has dropped plans to put up an ethanol production facility using cassava as feedstock in lieu of a sugarcane-based plant.
Fernando Martinez, Eastern Petroleum chairman, said that the company’s cassava plantations were not producing enough to warrant the construction of an ethanol plant.
“We have abandoned a cassava-fed ethanol plant due to production shortfalls on farm output. Ideally, cassava farms must produce not less than 20 [metric tons] to be viable for ethanol, but we are not getting that,” he said. READ MORE