Japan selects Oenon, co-ops, for ethanol projects


By Risa Maeda TOKYO, May 31 (Reuters) - Japan's farm ministry has selected alcoholic beverage maker Oenon Holdings Inc. and two farmer co-operatives to produce ethanol from farm produce as it seeks to encourage the use of green motor fuels. When commercial production starts, the three ethanol plants -- two in the northern island of Hokkaido and one in Niigata prefecture in central Japan -- in total would have an annual capacity of 31,000 kiloliters (kl) a year, a government official told ...

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