IPOH: Felcra Bhd plans to invest between RM40mil and RM60- mil to build a plant and to bring in technology to produce biodiesel.
Chairman Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said the company was now looking at technology developed locally as well as overseas.
We are in discussions with a German company. If its technology is suitable, we may start the project this year, he told reporters after the opening of the Ipoh Barat Umno division delegates conference by Do- mestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Moha- med Shafie Apdal.
After finding suitable technology, he said, Felcra would submit the plan to the Rural and Regional Development, and Finance ministries for approval.
He said Felcra wanted to venture into biodiesel production due to rising domestic and foreign demand prompted by oil price increases.
Hamzah said the proposed investment in the new business would depend on the type of technology to be acquired.
The technology must be usable throughout the year and not restricted to certain periods like in Europe, he said.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry announ- ced recently that Malaysias first plant producing biodiesel using palm oil would be built in Labu, Negri Sembilan. Ber- nama