Portugal: Gleinol to produce biodiesel in Castelo Branco using raw materials from Angola

5 January 2009

Castelo Branco, Portugal, 5 Jan – The Castelo Branco Industrial Area is due soon to receive an investment of 4 million euros with a view to installing a unit to produce biodiesel from oil-producing plants.

The project is the responsibility of Gleinol, a company from Castelo Branco set up in 2006, will employ 25 people and is due to start operating in 2010.

José Luís Brito, the company’s director, said that Gleinol had set up partnerships in Africa, specifically Angola, and in Brazil to obtain raw materials for the project.

In Angola Gelinol’s project also has a social aspect via a partnership with women and children’s association, Associação de Apoio às Mulheres Rurais e Crianças Desamparadas – Amurcrid – to produce the raw material.

Brito said that the company was also working with the Angolan goevrnment and some oil companies.

Gleinol started out with a production area of 700 hectares in Angola, which recently increased to 13,000 hectares. (macauhub)