CE Indonesia cooperated with the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) department of Marathon Oil to install 2 (two) biogas and 4 (four) solar dryers in Western Sulawesi. In the course of setting up the Marathon Workers Base Camp, the CSR group of Marathon contacted 12 of the surrounding villages to determine how the local communities could best be supported by the company’s commitment to CSR. After evaluating the needs of the villages, it was determined that the villages would most benefit from biogas and solar dryers. CE was then contracted to set-up biogas plants in two villages and 4 solar dryers in another village.
Benefits for the local communities:
The biogas plants set up by CE enable inhabitants of the two villages to save money which they previously had to spend on LPG, which is especially expensive for low-income household in rural areas. The biogas generated is generally used for cooking and lighting.
One of the main sources of income for the villages is the production of dried fish. The dryers allow the villagers to continue high production of dried fish in the wet season, when output is significantly reduced if using the traditional drying method of putting the fish out in the sun on tarpaulins on the road.