Waste wood for energy

INTERESTED companies and individuals have been invited by Government and a biomass company in Sigatoka to supply waste wood for energy production.

Speaking at a recent meeting with landowners, loggers and sawmill operators in Sigatoka, deputy conservator of Forests Semi Dranibaka said in order for Eltech Fiji Ltd to operate, a large volume of wood resources would be needed.

He said this was an opportunity for any interested company or private individual to supply wood waste materials to the factory in exchange for money.

“The Government has been supporting this project from its inception in 2013 to date in terms of land acquisition, resource mobilisation, stakeholder involvement, and it will continue to see that this project operates successfully for the benefit of all stakeholders and the economy as a whole,” he said.

“It is envisaged that this new factory will consume approximately 300 tonnes of wood daily, so the company is looking at waste wood from invasive species like African tulip.”

He said most farmers complained about the African tulip trees that had taken over prime farm land.

“So this is an opportunity to eradicate these trees and get a value in return.

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