CHICAGO Oct 23 U.S. agribusiness company
Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] said on Tuesday it began constructing a
facility on an Indonesian cattle feedlot to convert animal waste
The anaerobic digester, scheduled to begin operating by
February 2008, on PT Santosa Agrido's Lampung Bekri
23,000-cattle feedlot operation in Lampung/Sumatera, Indonesia,
will convert cattle manure into 900 tonnes of methane gas per
year that will be used to generate energy for the feedlot.
"Cargill has taken the responsibility to develop, fund and
implement the project, including managing of all permitting and
registration issues. That allows us to concentrate on what
we're here for, which is to reinforce our position as the
largest cattle feed lot business in the region," Samuel
Wibisono, PT Santosa Agrindo's president director of its beef
division, said in a statement.
The project is designed to reduce the greenhouse gas
equivalent of 188,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted into the
atmosphere over 10 years. A byproduct of the process will be an
organic corn fertilizer.
The technology, managed and funded by Cargill's
Environmental Finance group, will generate carbon credits that
can be traded on global climate exchanges.
Minneapolis-based Cargill, the second-largest privately
held U.S. company, is a global provider of food, agricultural
and trading services.