DPS-TBEC Contract Signing Ceremony on May 26, 2011, Lao PDR
  “In addition to environmental concerns, the living conditions of people located near our projects are important to us. The current project with the DPS cassava factory will improve living conditions by reducing emissions by 60 000 tons of CO2 per year. This is the equivalent to the exhaust produced by up to 20,000 cars.”, saysGustafGodenhielm

The managing director of Thai Biogas Energy Company (“TBEC”), Mr. Gustaf Godenhielm, will join with the president of Doungphasuk Cassava Factory Company (“DPS”), Mr.KhamlaDuangphasuk, to invest in a biogas project using wastewater from a cassava factory. The contract signing ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR. VIP guests include thevice president of National Assembly of Lao PDR DR. SaysomphonPhomvihane as well as many Lao and Thai dignitaries.

The DPS cassava factory project will be the largest and most modern in southern Laos. The factory’s total capacity is 1,500 tons of fresh cassava which equates to production of about 500 tons of starch a day. TBEC plans to invest about four million USD into this TBEC DPS biogas project. DPS has also established a plantation area of about 5 000 hectares, with an additional area of 5 000 hectares for contract farmers for the farming of cassava. Farming will employ about 5 000 families, with the factory employing about another 700 people. Most of the production will be sold in overseas markets. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2011in Attapeu. The factory is expected to begin production in March 2012.

The project is set to be the second project TBEC implements in the Lao PDR. Finland has supported TBEC?s investments in the Lao PDR through the Finnish Fund for Industrial Co-Operation (“Finnfund”) and the Energy and Environment Partnership Program (“EEP Mekong”). Special thanks must also go to the President of the Lao PDR, Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Environment, Water Resources and Environment Administration (“WREA”) , Ministry of Energy and Mines, National University of Laos and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (“NUOL FES”) in Laos.

TBEC has been growing steadily since it began its first biogas project in Thailand in 2003 under the Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (“BOOT”) concept. TBEC has successfully established its position as a market leader of BOOT biogas plants in the greater Mekong area with three biogas projects for cassava as well as ones for the palm oil and rubber industries in Thailand. TBEC is now expanding the biogas market with three projects in development stage and currently employs about 100 people. TBEC is owned by the Private Energy Market Fund L.P. (PEMF) in Finland and Al Tayyar Energy (ATE) by HRH Prince MoulayHicham Ben Abdallah Al Alaoui of Morocco.

The success of TBEC has been recognized with recent awards including the ASEAN Energy Award (2010) ,Thailand Energy Award (2010), Crown Standard (2009) and Gold Standard (2011). TBEC has differentiated on the biogas market by its strict focus on safety of operations and quality of construction. TBEC is already ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified and aims to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification within a year.

TBEC applies production technology called “Covered Lagoon Bio-Reactor” (“CLBR?) which offers high productivity and is suitable for waste water discharged from agricultural industries. A CLBR is robust and can successfully digest wastewater of variable quality and volumes without the need for any pretreatment.The technology produces relatively higher amounts of biogas than competing technologies. TBEC’s projects can effectively control the quality of waste water in terms of organic content, odours and the amount of hydrogen sulfide released into the surrounding area. Furthermore, the projects significantly reduce emissions of methane and carbon dioxide, which are greenhouse gases (GHG) under the Clean Development Mechanism (“CDM”), to obtain Certified Emission Reductions (“CERs”). While CDM project development is generally considered challenging,TBEC has successfully completed UNFCCC registration of all its projects as CDM projects.