Keresa Plantations Sdn Bhd
Keresa Plantations Sdn Bhd is a local bumiputra company with about 10 years of experience in oil palm plantation. Currently, Keresa owns a 6,023 hectares of oil palm plantation at Lavang Land District, Bintulu, which started operation in 1996. As at end of 2006, a total of 5,347 hectares has been planted with more than half of it (3, 882 hectares) categorized as matured. Having a yield rate of 24 tonne per hectare, current FFB production is reaching 100,000 tonnes. Upon complete maturity of Keresa’s existing plantation, it is expected to produce FFB of more than 140,000 tonnes per annum.
Keresa Mill Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of Rajang Wood Sdn Bhd, boasting an area of 32.63 hectares, which comprises of mill proper, effluent ponds & water reservoir.
The mill started its operation in April 2007. The mill’s designed throughput is 45 metric tonnes/hr, which is expandable up to 60 metric tonnes/hr. The key features of technologies installed at Keresa Mill include:
This technology has been around for quite some time but its use has been limited to mills of small capacities of less than 10tph. It was only until recently that interest in this technology was revived, with Sime Darby Berhad building its Hadapan Mill in Johor and Perlis Plantation Berhad with its mill in Sampit, Indonesia.
Our adoption of this technology was based on the belief that the heat transfer between steam and the fresh fruit bunches is better in a vertical sterilizer, thereby improving the sterilization effect on the FFB. This is a key component in palm oil milling for optimal oil extraction. We were confident that the documented and well known problems associated with vertical sterilizers such as blockages at the fruit discharge outlets, oil loss in condensate and EFB due to compaction and throughput problems were surmountable through present day engineering solutions.
Our mill no longer required the normally extensive space for a marshalling station/yard with the associated rail tracks, transfer carriages, FFB cages, hydraulic winches, tippler, and elaborate conveying structures.
Kernel Extraction & Recovery
Our kernel extraction and recovery system is primarily based on the compact dry air separation system in particular for the:
- Nut and fiber separation to separate the nuts from the fiber;
- Destoner for stone removal; and
- Crack mixture (CM) separation to separate the dirt and shell from the kernel
Our nut crackers are called Rolek Nutcrackers, manufactured by Hur Far Engineering with support and research back-up by MPOB. This particular type of nut cracker was chosen for its high cracking efficiency as part of our efforts to produce premium quality kernel for the local livestock feed industry.
The mixture of broken kernel together with dirt and shell from the CM outlet are separated using the combination of hydro-cyclone and claybath systems for the final recovery of kernel.
Oil Extraction & Recovery
In conventional mills hot water is added at the press to dilute the press liquor. Our oil extraction and recovery system requires some hot water dilution. However, the oily condensate produced from sterilization process is pumped to the crude oil gutter to the maximize oil recovery. This system essentially comprised two vibrating screens, a mini-clarifier, a sludge oil tank, a two stage de-sanding cyclone, a decanter, a pure oil tank and a centrifugal oil separator.
Keresa’s existing plantation is located on the west of Lavang Estate while to the south-east is the small town of Tubau. The Bintulu-Bakun road runs along the north, from west to east, where a road junction cuts through the site to provide access to Keresa’s existing plantation.
Our Journey Towards Sustainability
Keresa Plantations and Mill’s first steps towards sustainability was realized with the commitment of their senior management to be a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO approved the company’s membership on 03 June 2009. This marks an important landmark for our company and sets a new vision for Keresa to be a responsible producer of crude palm oil.
Keresa has taken the first step in RSPO implementation in August 2008 by conducting a full independent review of our current operations against the RSPO Principles & Criteria. No land conflicts exist with local communities and the plantation was established from secondary jungle under a former rattan plantation. It is anticipated that Keresa will be ready to undergo its certification audit by 2010. It is hoped that our journey towards more responsible practices will provide a better environment for us to work and live in. Our work was recognised to meet the RSPO standards by independent auditors in October 2010 and today our certification scope includes our CPO Mill, Keresa Mill, and the supply base from both our own plantations and the neighboring indigenous smallholders. Our ambition is to demonstrate that our journey towards more responsible practices will provide a better environment for our people to work and live in.
Since December 2009, some of our biggest changes have been made with the development of new policies that will help us realize our goals towards sustainability. This has been our first step and the challenge now is to be able to make these policies implementable. The new policies we have introduced, or revised, include:
- Minimum age Policy (December 2009)
- Equal rights Policy (December 2009)
- Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence in the Workplace (December 2009)
- Freedom of Association (December 2009)
- Grievance Procedures & Policy (December 2009)
- Health & Safety Policy (January 2010)
- Environmental Policy (Draft – January 2010)
Copies of these policies will be made available upon request within 3-5 days. Please email our representative, the Group General Manager.
As of October 2010, Keresa Plantation & Mill have been officially approved by RSPO to meet the Principles & Criteria for Production of Sustainable Palm Oil. To learn more about this milestone please download a copy of the official announcement.
KERESA PLANTATIONS SDN BHD
Level 5, Tun Jugah Tower
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
T 60 82 412187/412193
F 60 82 412349
KERESA MILL SDN BHD
LB1, Box A66
97000 Bintulu, Sarawak
T 60 86 325458
F 60 19 815 4069