Mozambique and Brazil prepare cooperation deal in biofuel sector

10 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Aug – The governments of Mozambique and Brazil are due this year to conclude a cooperation and development plan for the biofuel and renewable energy sector in Mozambique, according to a report Tuesday in Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias.

The plan, which is still under negotiation, will make it possible for Mozambique and Brazil to move ahead with a technical and scientific cooperation agreement for renewable energies, particularly biofuels.

Representatives from various government institutions, private bodies and non-governmental organisations took part in a meeting with specialists from Brazil with the aim of exchanging experiences about biofuels.

Brazil has extensive experience in biofuel production and Mozambique is interested in this type of energy in order to minimise the impact of the constant fuel price fluctuations on the international market.

In Mozambique 15 percent of projects linked to biofuels are in the phase of production of raw materials and are expected to start actual biofuel production in 2012.

Another 50 percent of projects are in the phase of testing and reproducing seed, whilst 30 percent are now expanding their sowing areas.

Amongst the large projects that Mozambique is implementing in the biofuel sector, are those of EnerTerra, SA, which covers an area of 18,508 hectares in Sofala and Grown Energy, which aims to produce ethanol on an area of 15,000 hectares in Sofala province.

Other companies producing biofuels include Principle, focused on ethanol in an area of 18,000 hectares in Manica province and Sun Biofuels producing diesel, in area of 5,000 hectares, also in Manica. (macauhub)