Mozambique: Government prepares biofuel policy based on jatropha, coconut and sugar cane

6 March 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 March – Mozambique’s minister for energy, Salvador Namburete said in Maputo that a document would be presented to the Council of Ministers that set out the guidelines for development of the biofuel sector in Mozambique.

The document covers Mozambique’s potential in terms of biofuel, thus seeking to reduce conflicts with other areas of agricultural development, such as food production.

The government plans to launch a solid programme for production and use of biofuels in Mozambique, including legislation directed at the gradual introduction of gasoline mixed with ethanol and diesel with biodiesel.

The base study recommends sugar cane for ethanol production and jatropha and coconut for biodiesel production, as the main crops for biofuel production.
Namburete who was speaking at an international conference on the theme of: “Energy Development in Africa: The Biofuels Option” said that Mozambique had identified 7 million hectares of land to be used for various projects, including biofuels.

The main aim of the meeting is to exchange experiences about the biofuels industry, as well as to analyse the impact of these fuels on economies of scale.

In 2007 the Mozambican government approved a US$510-million project of Britain’s Central African Mining and Exploration Company (CAMEC) to produce ethanol from sugar cane in Gaza province. (macauhub)