A PILOT PROJECT OF BIO-COAL BRIQUETTE AT PALIMANAN, CIREBON - WEST JAVA
On the one hand, a lot of small to middle scale industries and households as well uses woods or combination of wood and RFO as fuel to run their daily needs. On the other hand, the forest as wood supply grows lesser and lesser due to its function changes into settlements, industrial and agricultural areas. This results in scarcity of wood supply. Referring to such facts and also to the fact that kerosene price tends to increase, tek MIRA introduces bio-coal briquettes for fuel substitute. A pilot project for this purpose has been established at Palimanan, Cirebon-West Java as join cooperation between Japanese government (represented by NEDO-METI) and Indonesian government (represented by DEMR). Palimanan was chosen for bio-coal briquette plant site as the place is next to coal harbor at Cirebon and industrial center (brick/roof-tile/lime burning, food, poultry breeder, rattans, etc). The project was officially dedicated by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources in November 2001.
The existence of bio-coal briquette plant is aimed to fulfill the need of cheap and proper energy for common people and also to support energy diversification program in terms of lessening kerosene consumption. As a pilot project, it provides opportunity for tek MIRA to develop R&D in bio-coal briquettes as well as facility to socialize products to the users. Private companies interested in developing bio-coal briquette commercially are welcome.
Location of bio-coal briquette pilot project