M.P. Evans Group PLC announced that the Group's fifth palm-oil mill has now been commissioned at its Bumi Mas estate in East Kalimantan. The Benuang mill, a 60-tonne-per-hour facility, is now processing all the fresh fruit bunches ("ffb") harvested from both the Group's own areas and those of its associated scheme smallholders. The Group expects to be able to increase oil-extraction rates by utilising the Benuang mill rather than sending crop to third-party mills. The Group will work towards receiving certification from the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil ("RSPO") for the new mill by around the end of 2022. This will help to increase the Group's total percentage of certified sustainable production. In addition, the Group will look for opportunities profitably to source ffb from independent smallholders close to Bumi Mas to utilise spare capacity at its new mill, in the same way that it has successfully purchased independent crop at its existing mills. As part of the ongoing investment in the Bumi Mas estate, the Group is also developing a biogas facility and a bulking station, both of which are expected to become operational in the second half of 2021.