FITTERS Diversified Berhad foray into the palm oil milling industry via the acquisition of a privately owned palm oil mill and operated under the wholly owned subsidiary SOLID ORIENT HOLDINGS SDN BHD.
The palm oil mill located in Daerah Baling in the northern rice bowl state of Kedah, Malaysia processes fresh fruit bunches (FFB) of oil palms to produce crude palm oil and palm kernel for sale to refineries. The palm oil mill with an original processing capacity of 60 MT/hr of FFB is in the process of being upgraded to 90 MT/hr processing capacity of FFB.
Our mill operates a dried long fibre (DLF) plant which converts empty fruit bunches biomass into dried long fibres. This can be used in various types of manufacturing industries such as mattresses stuffing, car interiors, and soil erosion control mats. The dried long fibre are mainly exported to China. An example of resource recovery from biomass available & utilising the excess green renewable energy generated.
Our biogas capture and power plant captures biogas from the palm oil mill effluent, empty fruit bunch press liquor and generate electricity using gas engine generators to produce up to 2MW of electricity for sale to the grid under the feed-in tariff program. The 2-MW Biogas Power generation facility was successfully commissioned on 14 December 2018 and the final Acceptance Test and Performance Assessment conducted by Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) was completed on 16 March 2018. The facility shall be awarded with the Feed-In Tariff Commencement Date (FiTCD) valid for 16 years. This marks an important milestone and achievement by FITTERS in the quest of being a serious player in the green technology and production of clean sustainable power industry.
In addition to generation of renewable energy, this project will avoid uncontrolled emission of biogas from conventional open effluent treatment ponds. Methane, which is a primary component of the biogas, is a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent compared to CO2. This is in line with RSPO’s efforts of sustainable practice.
Through our endeavour, we will demonstrate the potential commercial and environmental benefits which can be harnessed from the treatment of palm oil mill biomass waste using a systematic and effective waste management and treatment facility.
Solid Orient Holdings mill will showcase a number of the sustainable production or resource recovery technology - Green Mill business concept. We are willing to share our expertise with the palm oil industries in meeting sustainable operations requirements.