Mission completes second plant in Malaysia

By Susanne Retka Schill | June 09, 2009
Posted June 16, 2009

Mission New Energy Ltd. has begun commissioning its second biodiesel refinery, built next to its first 30 MMgy plant which began production in mid-2008 in Kuantan Port, Malaysia. Under the EPC contract with KNM Group Bhd., Mission's new plant is required to run continuously for a period of two days during which performance of the plant will be tested.

The 250,000 metric ton per year plant (approximately 75 MMgy) is using a second generation, heterogeneous catalyst developed by technology provider Axens, a subsidiary of IFP Group Technologies. On its Web site, Axens says the transesterification process using its Esterfip-H catalyst "requires neither catalyst recovery nor aqueous treatment steps, which are drawbacks from the current homogeneous catalytic processes. Esterfip-H exhibits very high FAME yields and directly produces salt-free glycerol at purities exceeding 98 percent."

In other company news, Mission announced Ir Lee Swee Eng has invested $12 million in Mission, subject to shareholder's approval. Eng is group managing director of KNM Group, a publicly traded, Malaysian process equipment manufacturer for the oil and gas, petrochemical and energy industries.

To learn more about Mission New Energy's strategy to develop a jatropha-based biodiesel company, read "Mission: Jatropha" in the May issue of Biodiesel Magazine.
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