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Friday, November 4, 2011

Nigeria’s First Biofuel Refinery to be Constructed

N-29.4Nigeria’s first ethanol refinery will be constructed by Global Biofuels. At full capacity the refinery will produce 1.5 million litres of ethanol a day using sorghum as feedstock. Plantations feeding the refinery will span seven Nigerian states, with further expansions being discussed. The refinery has been endorsed by The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
Global Biofuels CEO Felix Babatunde Obada disclosed that 30,000 hectares of land have been acquired to actualise the present phase of the project in Ondo State. Work will commence with initial cultivation of 50 hectares of land, to be upscaled to 300 hectares.
In June 2007 the government approved a national biofuels policy and incentives. A national workshop involving a wider range of stakeholders is being planned, and feasibility studies have been completed for five bioethanol projects at specific locations in three states. Feasibility studies on biodiesel are on-going and discussions are being held with potential investors to implement the project.
‘The biofuels industry is becoming a reality in Nigeria,’ MD of NNPC, Abubakar Yar’Adua, says. ‘Developed economies such as the US and Europe are stepping up their target usage of biofuel and Nigeria must not be left out.’
Biofuels is becoming one of the main topic mostly discussed by D-8. The organization is to have a 4th meeting the D-8 Energy Work Group meeting in Cairo in the period from 29 to 30th of April, 2008. The meeting is to be held and hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum of Egypt.
Prior to that, D-8 Secretary General, Dipo Alam, has appealed to all D-8 memberstates as developing countries to study and scrutinize this theme, while at the the same time keep on examining methods to overcome the challenge of sky-rocketing fuel and petroleoum prices.  D-8 organisation urges the cooperation of all related parties to formulate solution to the current high fuel price problem.


In Nigeria, the government of Nasarawa State has allocated $27 million (€18 million) to improve ethanol processing and agricultural production. The state intends to construct an Agro Export Conditioning Centre at Keffi and establish a cassava ethanol processing plant at Doma, in conjunction with international investors.
Oloche Edache, FAO regional representative for Africa, said that Nigeria will require a 70-80% increase in food supplies to meet its food requirements by 2015. He added that the national emphasis on biofuels development, carried out as a part of Nigeria’s commitments under the Kyoto Treaty, would put upward pressure on agricultural prices for the next decade. Nigeria has allocated $876 million in agricultural development funding over the next four years.The Minister of Commerce and Industry announced in December that Nigeria is building five new sugar plants and has the potential to become a leading ethanol producer. New sugar plants are being built in Jigawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Kogi and Lagos states.
Nigeria produces 50,000 tonnes of sugar out of a total consumption of 1.176 million tonnes. The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has requested a presidential initiative to construct six regional facilities producing 100,000 tonnes of sugar, and 5 million gallons a year of sugar ethanol.
Biofuels is becoming one of the main topic mostly discussed by D-8. The organization will have a 4th meeting the D-8 Energy Work Group meeting in Cairo in the period from 1-2 June 2008. The meeting is to be held and hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum of Egypt.
Prior to that, D-8 Secretary General, Dipo Alam, has appealed to all D-8 memberstates as developing countries to study and scrutinize biofuels theme, while at the the same time keep on examining methods to overcome the challenge of sky-rocketing fuel and petroleoum prices. D-8 organisation urges the cooperation of all related parties to formulate solution to the current high fuel price problem.


Nigeria to Build Bioethanol Refineries
Sweet Sorghum as source for bioethanol
Nigeria-based Global Biofuels is establishing the first of a number of refineries for the production of bioethanol from sweet sorghum.
Ethanol will be blended with petrol to make E10.
Global Biofuels is planning to establish the project in nine Nigerian states. It expects to start production in December 2009, with an initial production capacity of 27 million litres a year.
The company will also produce biodiesel from safflower (an oil seed crop used for food) to power industries and electric power generators.
Biofuels is becoming one of the main topic mostly discussed by D-8. The organization is to have a 4th meeting the D-8 Energy Work Group meeting in Cairo in the period from 29 to 30th of April, 2008. The meeting is to be held and hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum of Egypt.
Prior to that, D-8 Secretary General, Dipo Alam, has appealed to all D-8 memberstates as developing countries to study and scrutinize this theme, while at the the same time keep on examining methods to overcome the challenge of sky-rocketing fuel and petroleoum prices.  D-8 organisation urges the cooperation of all related parties to formulate solution to the current high fuel price problem.
Malaysia has expressed its interest in biofuel cooperation among D-8 member countries in the Working Group for Energy this year in Cairo, Egypt.

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