Sweden supports wide-scale production of biodiesel in Mozambique

24 July 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 July – Sweden is supporting wide-scale production of biodiesel in Mozambique, a project which aims to reduce the African country’s fuel bill and which may even lead to export revenue, officials have said.

Mozambique’s energy minister, Salvador Namburete, told Mozambican newspaper, Notícias, that the cooperation with Sweden was the result of a memorandum of understanding signed in May, and that Swedish technical experts were already on the ground preparing a development plan.

initial studies, Namburete said, had showed there was a sufficient ethanol production capacity to supply the national market and for export.

Mozambique spends around US$168 million on importing around 700 cubic meters of fuel.

Mixing gasoline with biodiesel makes it possible to substantially reduce the quantity of imports.

Namburete also told the paper that the plan to boost biodiesel production was also based on other development projects for producing biofuel currently underway in the country.

Amongst them, he said, was that of Madal, and Companhia do Monapo, owned by Norwegian group Nutasa, which will make use of sunflower oil.

The minister added that studies were being carried out for biodiesel production from the jatropha bush, in a project sponsored by Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza. (macauhub)

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