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Wednesday 08 March, 2006

D1 Oils Plc

Signs MOU

D1 Oils Plc
08 March 2006


RNS Release - March 8, 2006


 D1 Oils Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture
                     to Promote Biodiesel in Southern China


D1 Oils plc (D1) and the Center for Energy and Environment Protection (CEEP)
within the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the People's Republic of
China have signed a Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the
adoption and production of biodiesel produced from jatropha curcas in southern
China. The MOU signed on March 7, 2006 covers scientific and technical
cooperation to explore the potential for biodiesel planting and refining
projects through the combined expertise and personnel of D1 and CEEP.

Under the terms of the MOU both parties will jointly establish a seed farm to
demonstrate jatropha growing in China. The farm will act as a training centre
for agronomy practices and will produce a local supply of quality seeds for the
planting of jatropha. CEEP and Ministry of Agriculture personnel will be
undertaking a programme of visits to D1's international agronomy sites to learn
best practice techniques for promoting biodiesel crops, particularly jatropha.
Visits will also be undertaken to D1's UK refinery operations to investigate the
potential for establishing small scale modular refinery operations in China.

Land suitable for jatropha curcas planting in China is most prevalent in the
southern provinces in China, in particular Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan,
Guizhou, Fujian, and Hainan. D1 will work with CEEP and suitable local
organisations to undertake a detailed identification of existing
non-agricultural land in these areas to evaluate planting potential and
investigate opportunities to incorporate jatropha planting into existing rural
agricultural programmes.

The MOU also covers cooperation on climate change abatement and policy work. D1
and CEEP will work together to develop policies, models and procedures that will
promote biodiesel development in China in support of both national policies,
including China's Renewable Energy Law, and policies pursued under the Kyoto
Protocol such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). D1 and CEEP will also
work together to promote the exchange of information relating to biofuels, and
jatropha derived biodiesel in particular, for the accelerated market development
of these fuels.

Elliott Mannis, CEO of D1, commented: 'China faces energy security and
environmental challenges in supplying an ever increasing demand for
transportation fuel. D1 is pleased to be partnering with CEEP and the Ministry
of Agriculture in promoting and supporting the development of the biofuels
industry in China. The seed farm we are establishing in cooperation with CEEP
will be a platform on which to build our agronomy business in China. In due
course we hope to develop our cooperation to establish refining and trading
operations.'


Contacts:

D1 Oils:

Graham Prince, Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 3892
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 323840

Brunswick Group:

Helen Barnes, Associate Partner
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 5959


Notes to Editors

D1 Oils plc is a UK-based global producer of biodiesel from renewable energy
crops. We are building a global supply chain and network that is sustainable and
delivers value from 'earth-to-engine'. Our operations cover agronomy, refining
and trading. We are pioneering the science, planting and production of inedible
vegetable oils; we design, build, own, operate and market biodiesel refineries;
and we source, transport and trade seeds and seedlings, seedcake, crude
vegetable oils and biodiesel. Our vision is to be the world's leading biodiesel
business.




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