Leading UK manufacturer of biogas analysers focuses on nation’s palm oil and landfill sectors.
Geotechnical Instruments Ltd. (Geotech) is enhancing its focus and investment in Malaysia and South East Asia by empowering industry players in the renewable energy sector in the region. The United Kingdom-based manufacturer of biogas analysers is targeting revenue growth of 20% in Malaysia, driven by opportunities arising from the use of palm oil waste as a renewable energy source.
Malaysia’s renewable energy makes up 5.5 percent of its total energy production in 2015, with ambitious targets to increase this to 7.8 percent by 2020. To this effect, Malaysia has put various initiatives in place, such as the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan 2009 and the National Biomass Strategy 2020. In addition, 113 palm oil mills were identified in 2015 to generate electricity from biogas. Out of the total, 12 are connected to the national power grid network while 79 others are in the process of being connected.
Geotech, a leading supplier and manufacturer of portable and fixed gas analysers with presence in 66 countries across the world, has been supplying its products to the region for the past ten years. To date, it has worked with anaerobic digestion (AD) plant operators in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors by providing monitoring equipment and support services for biogas analysis and production, a key component in the production of renewable energy.
Speaking at a media briefing held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Biogas Forum 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Steve Billingham, Managing Director of Geotech said, “Malaysia has amazing potential for the development of biogas and biomass as alternative and renewable sources of energy thanks to its extensive tropical rainforests and large palm oil plantation base, which covers over 15 percent of the country’s land mass.”
“Over the past few years, we have seen an increased interest by landfill and palm oil plantation operators in Malaysia to move towards greater renewable energy production through AD systems; which can turn food and palm waste into biomethane, a renewable energy source that could reduce Malaysia’s heavy reliance on natural gas.” Steve added.
Moving forward, Geotech is looking to expand its presence to landfill and palm oil plantation operators in Malaysia by going beyond the supply of gas analysers and monitoring equipment to enhancing its after sale service offerings, which include educational content, webinars and skills development programmes for local customers.
Geotech leads the biogas monitoring equipment market in Malaysia with 50 percent of the market share, thanks to the popularity of its portable gas monitoring equipment, BIOGAS 5000. It also plans to boost its growth in the region with the introduction of the GA3000 PLUS, its flagship fixed gas analyser. The company operates via a distributor model, collaborating with local partner, EnviroEquip, in order to supply its products to a wide range of customers and industries in the country.
Joseph Brani, Founder of EnviroEquip added, “Our Malaysian customers have always held Geotech’s monitoring equipment in good stead, thanks to its excellent quality, reputation and certification standards. Moving forward, we are excited about Geotech’s plans to increase its after sale support and services that will empower customers with greater knowledge in managing their monitoring equipment. Through these efforts, we are certain that Geotech analysers will remain the product of choice for our Malaysian customers.”