Biofuel production to increase Angola’s energy base

9 May 2011

Luanda, Angola, 9 May – Angola’s Oil Minister, Botelho de Vasconcelos, said Friday in Luanda that drawing up the National Strategy on Biofuel aimed to make it possible for Angola to expand its fuel base, despite having other energy sources available.

According to the minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of a working meeting to publish the National Strategy on Biofuel, although the country has several sources of energy and is seeing some growth in oil production, the government thought it would be a good idea to diversify the country’s energy base, by also including biofuels.

“As there is a need to produce sugar, there are advantages in growing sugar cane as we can also make use of a sub-product: methanol,” said Vasconcelos.

Vasconcelos, who coordinates the commission on biofuels, noted that the strategy would make it possible to integrate small-scale producers, who could then sell their crop to companies linked to biofuel production.

The biofuel commission is headed by the Oil Ministry and includes the ministries for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, the Economy, Justice, Geology and Mining and Industry, Energy and Water and the Environment. (macauhub)