Sun Biofuels Mozambique plans to expand jatropha production area

26 November 2010

Chimoio, Mozambique, 26 Nov – Sun Biofuels Mozambique, a subsidiary of British group Sun Biofuels, over the next five years plans to increase its jatropha plantation area five-fold, a company official told news agency Bloomberg.

“Our aim is to reach 11,000 hectares of planted area in the provinces of Manica and Sofala over the next five years,” said Sérgio Gouveia, at a meeting in Chimoio.

Sun Biofuels Mozambique currently has a 2,000 hectare jatropha plantation for later production of biofuels.

Gouveia also said that the fuel produced would be sold to state fuel company Petróleos de Moçambique.

The company currently employs 1,200 people and is considering starting to purchase jatropha from local farmers, as soon as it has decided which is the best of six varieties of the plant for the project. (macauhub)