Bio fuel project in the North
February 26, 2014 1:42 am
Fiji could soon reduce fuel imports if a new bio fuel project takes off in Vanua Levu.
Biofuel International has a quarter million Pongamia trees growing in the province of Bua .
Chief Executive Tim Gibbons aims to start production soon, claiming to manufacture the cleanest and greenest bio fuel in the world.
Gibbons says he’s been growing the Pongamia Pinnata plants in Lekutu Bua for the past four years.
This tree is actually indigenous to Fiji, it’s here already, it just not produce the volumes that we needed, so we brought in special seeds due to that, this is what it starts produces this is the husk, now inside the husk is this, and that seed right there contains about 38 to 40 percent oil content, you squeeze it through the machine and extracts oil, and within 4 to 6 hours, its ready to get into your car, it’s the cleanest bio fuel, highest rated bio fuel in Fiji or in the Pacific or anywhere in the world, it’s just that pure fuel.
The Pongamia Tree is grown for fuel in India, and after four years of trials, its ready for full scale production in Fiji
Each one of this trees produce a hundred twenty five kg of seed and it takes 4 kg of seed to make one litre of diesel, so you literally beef up with this, Fiji fuel in your gas tank, it’s not edible so you not going to compete with food crops, you not going to have price fluctuations, it makes your car run 25 percent less vibration and 7 percent more horsepower, it’s just a cleaner fuel to use
Gibbbons says they’ll start producing fuel from next year.