Jatropha oil produced in Chimoio to be transformed into biodiesel at a future factory at port of Beira, Mozambique

21 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 April – The jatropha being produced in large quantities in Chimoio, Mozambique will be processed and transformed into biodiesel at a future factory built in the city of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, according to state daily newspaper Notícias.

The paper said that the factory, the second in this sector in Mozambique, belongs to Mozambican oil company Petromoc.

As well as jatropha from Chimoio that is being produced by SunBiofuels, the biofuel factory due to be set up in the port of Beira will use jatropha from other regions of Sofala and Manica provinces, said Sérgio Gouveia, director of SunBiofuels in Mozambique.

At the moment, according to Gouveia, Manica province is producing 6.3 million litres of jatropha oil per year, which will be transformed into biodiesel at the factory that Petromoc is planning to open in Beira. No dates have been set for the factory to open, but Gouveia said that the process was at an advanced stage.

Gouveia also said that SunBiofuels currently had a plantation of almost 4,000 hectares of jatropha, and that 18,000 tons of seeds had been collected in the current harvest.

The company currently has a total of 5,000 hectares of land under concession on the outskirts of the city of Chimoio, and plans to increase the area to 11,000 hectares where it expects annual production of 66,000 tons of seeds, which could produce up to 23 million litres of jatropha oil per year. (macauhub)