After an interesting year or so with Cummins Cogen, helping to develop the biomass supply chain for their first Kenyan power plant, using wood as gasifier fuel, I am back in the UK looking towards new challenges. Feel free to contact me if you have a project that needs my help!
It's been a while since my last entry! Not that I've been idle!
In April and May I had several weeks working to move forward the Datuk Tagleong Oil Palm project in Mindinao. We restarted land clearing after a break of a couple of years, and since then the area under palms has been extended significantly, even though the planting material used was far from ideal.
Later, in July it was off to Ivory Coast and Liberia to undertake technical appraisal of a major new Oil Palm development on behalf of a consortium of institutional multilateral investors. What we saw looked good and I really hope that the funds are invested, to help create several thousand jobs in liberia
A return to Oil Palm is pending, as I head off to Southern Philippines to help with planning and set-up of a major new Canadian funded Oil Palm development.
The role, advising local management, will see preparation for the first year of extensive planting at what is expected to grow into a multi-thousand ha estate, small farmer and mills project in Agusan del Sur province.
I hope to be able to update and post a few photos during the two visits planned in the next three months!!
My client on the biofuel project that I appraised in May seems to feel that I can help them further, so I fly out to Zambia again in 10 days from now. This time it's a case of looking at acquisition of a vegetable oil mill, and integrating it's operations with the client's biofuel plant.
Not an areas of mainstream business in the past, but very interesting I'm sure. Here's hoping that I can make a useful contribution despite the expected challenging weather!
After 11 days in Kenya working in Marigat, Mumias and Nairobi I'm back in the UK writing up my section of the report on an imaginative project that could generate 10MW of new electrical power using biomass in a remote area overgrown with an invasive introduced bush species. Once that's done it's on with editing the financial and engineering sessions.
It's great working with Fred Dumblton again as well as with new contacts sucha as Kyle Denning and Joseph Mwangi at Viability Africa. Check them out on http://www.viabilityafrica.com/.
If the project can be made to work it has applications all over Africa (and beyond) with similar problems.
I sincerely hope that it willwork and that perhaps i can help others to repeat the business model.
Ah well it's only to be Kenya - off to Nairobi on 9th September for 10 days or so. Then loads of writing up when I get back to UK. I'm working with Viability Africa for Tower Power and Equity Bank. A really exciting new project - watch this space for more news!
After a quiet spell it seems September is going to be a busy period. A three week assignment doing DD on a Biomass to Power project in the Great Rift AND (subject to confirmation in the next day or so) a lightning trip to Amazonian Peru to check out a major Oil Palm project. Both clients are new and US based, which shows the international nature of my business, and certainly the benefits of the website. Thanks Interweb!!
After over 20 years located West of Oxford we have moved closer to London, relocating to Sherfield on Loddon, between Basingstoke and Reading. Hopefully the results will be positive with faster response for international clients, thanks to the excellent local broadband facilities, both Heathrow and Gatwick now much closer, and Central London easily accessible from nearby Bramley station.
Back from 24 days in Zambia, looking at ways to enhance Biodiesel production by a new entrant in the sector. Zambia clearly has great potential to get involved in this sector, but developments need to be better planned, with fuller integration of Agricultural and Processing activities after better planning. I'd love to help the client further if the request comes through!!
Lusaka here I come
After a couple if delays I'm finally off to Zambia from 30th April, to help advise a major local company wanting to develop a Biodiesel manufacturing business, supported by the new BIF programme sponsored by DFID. The opportunity is exciting in a country with wonderful weather in May. Reports will follow so watch this space!!