The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is investing in a 120m baht ($4bn)) pilot biomass gasification project in the central province of Saraburi, reports the Bangkok Post.

Currently, Thailand has a 120 MW gasification plant but it is said to be inefficient and does not generate significant amounts of electricity.

Pichai Tinsuntisook, the chairman of the FTI, confirmed the new 1 MW biomass gasification unit, which will utilize technology from Spain, is expected to start operation at the end of this year.

Members of the FTI are set to invest 60m baht in the project, with 30m baht each coming from the Science and Technology Ministry and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

As part of the project, farmers will be encouraged to plant fast-growing crops, while the Nong Kae municipality in Saraburi will provide 30 tonnes of waste daily for the multi feedstock gasification plant.

Pichai foresees five such plants will be set up within the next three years.

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