Mozambique: Oil company Petromoc produces millionth litre of biodiesel

26 March 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 March – Mozambican state oil company, Petromoc, said Wednesday it had produced its millionth litre of biodiesel, as part of its renewable and alternative energy project, Ecomoz, a partnership launched in 2007.

The Ecomoz Project, is a partnership between four Mozambican companies, one of which, Bioenergia, has a pilot production unit, with an installed capacity of 40 million litres of biodiesel per year, in the city of Matola, on the outskirts of Maputo.

The announcement was made during a ceremony to commemorate production of the first million litres of biodiesel at Petromoc’s facilities.

The Ecomoz Project started operating two years ago, and uses copra oil acquired in Inhambane province in Southern Mozambique, as a raw material, but also occasionally makes use of palm oil.

The chief executive of the Ecomoz Project, Nuno de Oliveira, said that production of the first million litres was reached in the first half of March.

According to Nuno Oliveira, “one of the main constraints is the supply of raw materials (vegetable oils) at accessible prices, which requires incentives to production that allow for the regular supply of the unit.”

“Depending on the increase in availability of raw materials, which includes participation in boosting production of oil-producing plants on a national level, the project will expand its current production unit and extend the initiative to the cities of Beira in Sofala province and Nacala in Mapula,” said the Ecomoz CEO. (macauhub)