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    Technip has been awarded by KNM Process Systems Sdn Bhd a contract to provide assistance in the detailed engineering of the fatty acids methyl ester transesterification unit for a biodiesel production plant to be located at the port of Kuantan, Malaysia. This project will be executed by Mission Biofuel Sdn Bhd (investor), KNM (contractor) and Axens (licensor). The unit will produce 250,000 tons of biodiesel per year from palm oil. It is scheduled to go into production in the third quarter of 2008. Technip - March 4, 2008.

    Kyushu University (Japan) is establishing what it says will be the world’s first graduate program in hydrogen energy technologies. The new master’s program for hydrogen engineering is to be offered at the university’s new Ito campus in Fukuoka Prefecture. Lectures will cover such topics as hydrogen energy and developing the fuel cells needed to convert hydrogen into heat or electricity. Of all the renewable pathways to produce hydrogen, bio-hydrogen based on the gasification of biomass is by far both the most efficient, cost-effective and cleanest. Fuel Cell Works - March 3, 2008.

    An entrepreneur in Ivory Coast has developed a project to establish a network of Miscanthus giganteus farms aimed at producing biomass for use in power generation. In a first phase, the goal is to grow the crop on 200 hectares, after which expansion will start. The project is in an advanced stage, but the entrepreneur still seeks partners and investors. The plantation is to be located in an agro-ecological zone qualified as highly suitable for the grass species. Contact us - March 3, 2008.

    A 7.1MW biomass power plant to be built on the Haiwaiian island of Kaua‘i has received approval from the local Planning Commission. The plant, owned and operated by Green Energy Hawaii, will use albizia trees, a hardy species that grows in poor soil on rainfall alone. The renewable power plant will meet 10 percent of the island's energy needs. Kauai World - February 27, 2008.

    Tasmania's first specialty biodiesel plant has been approved, to start operating as early as July. The Macquarie Oil Company will spend half a million dollars on a specially designed facility in Cressy, in Tasmania's Northern Midlands. The plant will produce more than five million litres of fuel each year for the transport and marine industries. A unique blend of feed stock, including poppy seed, is expected to make it more viable than most operations. ABC Rural - February 25, 2008.

    The 16th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition - From Research to Industry and Markets - will be held from 2nd to 6th June 2008, at the Convention and Exhibition Centre of FeriaValencia, Spain. Early bird fee registration ends 18th April 2008. European Biomass Conference & Exhibition - February 22, 2008.

    'Obesity Facts' – a new multidisciplinary journal for research and therapy published by Karger – was launched today as the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. The journal publishes articles covering all aspects of obesity, in particular epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis, treatment, and the prevention of adiposity. As obesity is related to many disease processes, the journal is also dedicated to all topics pertaining to comorbidity and covers psychological and sociocultural aspects as well as influences of nutrition and exercise on body weight. Obesity is one of the world's most pressing health issues, expected to affect 700 million people by 2015. AlphaGalileo - February 21, 2008.

    A bioethanol plant with a capacity of 150 thousand tons per annum is to be constructed in Kuybishev, in the Novosibirsk region. Construction is to begin in 2009 with investments into the project estimated at €200 million. A 'wet' method of production will be used to make, in addition to bioethanol, gluten, fodder yeast and carbon dioxide for industrial use. The complex was developed by the Solev consulting company. FIS: Siberia - February 19, 2008.

    Sarnia-Lambton lands a $15million federal grant for biofuel innovation at the Western Ontario Research and Development Park. The funds come on top of a $10 million provincial grant. The "Bioindustrial Innovation Centre" project competed successfully against 110 other proposals for new research money. London Free Press - February 18, 2008.

    An organisation that has established a large Pongamia pinnata plantation on barren land owned by small & marginal farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India is looking for a biogas and CHP consultant to help research the use of de-oiled cake for the production of biogas. The organisation plans to set up a biogas plant of 20,000 cubic meter capacity and wants to use it for power generation. Contact us - February 15, 2008.

    The Andersons, Inc. and Marathon Oil Corporation today jointly announced ethanol production has begun at their 110-million gallon ethanol plant located in Greenville, Ohio. Along with the 110 million gallons of ethanol, the plant annually will produce 350,000 tons of distillers dried grains, an animal feed ingredient. Marathon Oil - February 14, 2008.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Energy Quest and Chilean farmers in joint biomass gasification project to produce synthetic diesel

Energy Quest, Inc. an emerging alternative energy company focusing on the development and production of hydrogen-enriched alternative fuels announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Etanol del Pacifico Sur S.A. (EPSSA), an association of medium scale farmers in Chile. The letter sets forth the basic terms and conditions under which Energy Quest expects to enter into a joint venture with for the construction of an 82,000 liter per day waste biomass gasification synthetic diesel plant in Las Cabras, Chile.
The implementation of this technological innovation in the country will surely mark a milestone for the development of ecological fuels in the whole region. We believe this will not only allow an important reduction in global warming emissions, but specially in the case of Chile, it should serve to ease its strong dependency on imported oil. - Jaime Eidelstein, South America Representative for Energy Quest
Energy Quest will provide the proprietary technologies and equipment for the complete gasification synthetic diesel plant, while EPSSA will provide the feedstock of waste biomass from their existing corn growing operations. Energy Quest and EPSSA anticipate achieving engineering and commercial breakthroughs enabling the gasification of agricultural waste biomass for the profitable production of alternative green energy. The company plans to rapidly move forward subject to the mutual agreement of the terms and conditions set forth in the project proposal in addition to the completion of a joint venture agreement.

The basic terms of the proposed project agreement call for the establishment of a joint venture with EPSSA, whereby they would contribute proportionally resulting in ownership of 40% EPSSA and 60% EQI. EPSSA will contribute the waste biomass feed stock:
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EQI will provide patents, intellectual properties, equipment, management and financing. The equity of the proposed plant when complete is expected to be US$32 million. Following commissioning and start up, expected to be completed within 12 months from the signing of the joint venture agreement, the joint venture anticipates immediate cash flows with gross annual revenues of $16.6 million while yielding a net profit of $7.1 million after taxes and debt payment.
We are pleased to have secured this opportunity with EPSSA. This project will be the first EQI installation of its gasification synthetic diesel system in South America. We expect this venture to pave the way for additional mutually beneficial opportunities in South America. - Wilf Ouellette, President and CEO of Energy Quest
Etanol del Pacífico Sur S.A., a maize farmers association, was formed in 2006 by 150 mid-sized farmers with a total of 8,000 hectares under corn production in Las Cabras, just south of Santiago, Chile. They also aim to build a US$25 million corn to ethanol plant that will produce 40-50 million liters of bio-ethanol a year.

Energy Quest is a diversified energy company with interests in both conventional and renewable energy sources. Its mission is to bring new technologies to bear to enhance existing energy production as well as developing new energy sources. The immediate objective of the company is to secure energy projects using the PyStR and M2 gasifier and the acquisition of existing, profitable Alternate Energy companies. This would provide significant positive cash flow to the company while being an ideal location for development, demonstration, and operation of many of the company's new technologies. This is the first of many new technologies Energy Quest plans to announce and deploy over the coming months that will demonstrate that it is possible for an energy company to be both environmentally friendly and highly profitable.

Energy Quest through its subsidiaries, Syngas International Corp. and Syngas Energy Corp., is an emerging leader in the development and marketing of low-cost alternate fuels worldwide. Through its technology, the company is focused on becoming a "GreenPowerhouse". Record energy prices combined with the global focus moving rapidly towards addressing pollution, has heightened the need for sustainable, zero emission energy. Energy Quest's technology is based on clean renewable energy positioning it to benefit from global trends.

MarketWire: Energy Quest Signs Letter of Intent With Etanol del Pacifico Sur S.A. - March 3, 2008.


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