Asia-based advanced biorefinery platform EcoCeres is set to invest in a new hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)/sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plant in Malaysia.

The 350,000 tonnes/year facility in Pasir Gudang, Johor, would serve as a major production hub for hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO), SAF and also bio-naphtha, the company said on 4 June.

EcoCeres said used cooking oil (UCO) and wastewater from palm oil mills would be used as feedstocks, which would then be turned into high-value sustainable fuels and chemicals.

“The facility, to be managed by Malaysian subsidiary EcoCeres Renewable Fuels Sdn Bhd, will leverage EcoCeres’ proprietary technologies to convert low-value feedstocks into high-value sustainable fuels and chemicals,” EcoCeres co-founder and CEO Philip Siu said.

“It is also a pivotal milestone in our global expansion journey.”

The project was a partnership between EcoCeres, the Johor government and local communities, the company said.

According to its website, EcoCeres processes biomass wastes into biofuels and biopolymers. In addition to producing HVO and SAF at commercial scale, the company produces cellulosic ethanol, a petrol blend-substitute.