Jatropha, Philippines

Madrid-based firm investing $200M to develop 100,000 hectares of land for Jatropha plantations in the Philippines

December 2, 2007 (Inquirer) – A MADRID-BASED biodiesel firm is planning to invest $200 million in the Philippines to develop at least 100,000 hectares of land into jatropha plantations, the Department of Agriculture said.

The jatropha will be used as feedstock for biofuel facilities in the country.


According to Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap, Bionor Transformacion S.A., a global multi-feedstock firm, disclosed last month its plans to invest in the Philippines’ biofuel sector through the memorandum of agreement signed between AME Bioenergy Corp. and Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corp.

Under the agreement, AME is the “key integrator for Bionor in the country” and has been tasked to “identify suitable jatropha plantation sites, consolidate lands, organize and train farm labor and organize local support to install plantation infrastructure.”

AME is likewise expected to study the cost structure for production to determine and recommend to Bionor whether its planned jatropha development project is economically viable and internationally competitive.

Meanwhile, PADCC will assist AME and mobilize the resources of the DA’s agencies and bureaus, as well as financial institutions, to help realize Bionor’s investment plans.

“Bionor’s main thrust is to develop feedstock plantations worldwide using raw materials that do not compete with the food sector and do not lead to deforestation,” Yap said.

For this reason, Bionor is tapping jatropha, a non-food crop, to support the requirements of its refineries, he added.

Bionor is currently operating two biodiesel plants in Spain and Italy with a combined output of 125,000 metric tons.

It is constructing an additional five plants in Spain and Brazil, which will add 900,000 MT of capacity in 2008.

By the first quarter of 2009, Bionor is expected to have a combined capacity of more than a million tons of methyl ester.

Last January, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law RA 9367 or the Biofuels Law, which aims to ease the country’s dependence on imported, dollar-draining and pollution-generating energy sources.

The law has made the blending of ethanol and coco biodiesel in petroleum products mandatory.


8 thoughts on “Madrid-based firm investing $200M to develop 100,000 hectares of land for Jatropha plantations in the Philippines

  1. Delia says:

    I am representing the Bukidnon-Higaonon Tribal Asso. Inc., a duly organized non-profit organization, who is in possesssion of an ancestral domain, recognized and approved by the Philippine government covering an area of about 30,000 hectares in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. We intend to develop the hilly area into a Jatropha Plantation. We are looking for investor/s to fund the development of this project as well as the purchase of processing equipment to convert jatropha seeds into biofuel based diesel. We have organized a management team composed of professionals who are expert in financial management, agricultural engineers, biotechnologists and other necessary desciplines to implement the project successfully. This project will provide jobs and livelihood opportunities to the indigenous people of Malaybalay City and improve the quality of their living conditions. This is also our way of contributing to the solution of soaring prices of crude oil and global warming. My email ad is firstagribiotech@yahoo.com


  2. We are developing the project of agro Fuel crop jatropha plantation inlao(8,000 hectares_ and cambodia(3.000hectares)
    Currently operating 300 hectares of pilot plantationa to generate the JS(jatropha Seeds) and processed into CJO(Crude jatropha Oil) for various end user for experiment of BDf production and SVO for stationing power generating engines in Europe.
    We are looking for the serious investor to join develop our project to enlarged the plantation to cover all our available lan concession.
    Interesting partoes could contact phone +66 85 1095555

  3. There are some problems to develop jatropha plantation in large scale. The first, lack of plant materials which have high productivity (higher than 5 ton per hectare in farmer land condition) so competitive to other crops, adaptive in larger agro-ecology conditions (humid, dry, erratic, saline, poor land) because jatropha will develop in waste land or marginal land. We have the provenance with potential productivity 6-8 ton per hectare in our nurseries about 25 hectares and adaptive for low to medium elevation, and dry to wet climate and we started producing jatropha hybrid variety. The second, lack of production technology package that suitable for large scale of agroecosystem. other problems are market (price of seed and crude oil), investor for investment, so farmer have guarantee of their product. Base on the problems, and we can ignore the impact of energy crises, so we develop “cluster system” in our research instalation area, that farmer can cultivate jatropha plantation, handling the processing of the product by their selves individually or in group. product of crude jatropha oil (CJO) can directly use in stove (wick stove) for cooking. we produce the small screw press machine and wick stove which have been modified and suitable for farmer condition. We will held workshop about jatropha research status, so all researchers and foundation that concern in jatropha as material for alternative of biofuel/biodiesel, and we can share information. Workshop will held on November 6, 2008 in Indonesian Tobacco and Fibre Crops Research Institute, Malang- Indonesia. You can find detail information in our web: http://www.balittas.info



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  6. Pio M. Sian says:

    In 5 years I have yet to see a single gallon from this poisonous plant. I feel sorry for those suckers who were misled into believing Jatropha is the salvation to gas needs. Only politicians and seed dealers made money. Greedy Pres. Arroyo smacking on the$200M, made it a law to plant the poison. Philippines is too humid and the seeds became moldy and useless. People should have been helped with tractors, fertlizers and all things to plant rice.

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