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Ecologistas en Acción (EeA), one of Spain's largest environmental groups, has started a campaign against the installation of three biodiesel manufacturing plants in the Port of Seville in Spain. EeA is asking the administration to assess the origin of raw materials used in biofuel manufacturing, using the Indonesian palm oil case and Brazil and Argentina's mono-crops of soy as bad examples.

Finnish oil company Neste has started preparing to build what they are claiming will be the biggest biodiesel production facility in the world in Singapore. The company has invested about 550 million EUR (about $800 million US) in a plant that will be able to produce about 800,000 tons of biodiesel per year. Construction is expected to start in early 2008 and be completed by the end of 2010.

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, which is Australia's national science agency, released a report that speaks quite in favor of biodiesel but raises the alarm on the raw materials used for production. Something someone at OECD (although not OECD itself) said as well.

Even though Rhett Butler is based in San Francisco, his scope is global. Not that long ago, Butler wrote about the destruction of the Brazilian cerrado thanks, in part, to biofuel production in that country. Now his words appear in the Jakarta Post on the green-ness of palm oil. Once again, biofuels figure into his questions.

Indonesian corporation Sinar Mas Group is planning to build two massive new palm-oil biodiesel plants for fuel export to Europe and the U.S. The first of the two is to be built on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with an annual capacity of 400,000 tonnes with the second to be built in Malaysia with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year. The plants should both be up and running by the end of 2008.

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