Friday, January 16, 2009

Biodiesel refinerty opens in Uganda

From Geostrategy

....African Power Initiative (API), a local company currently running Jotropha plantation in the district, announced last Thursday that the refinery would be commissioned in April 2009 on the old Port Bell Road at Wankonko.

Bio diesel is an alternative to the country's escalating fuel shortages and an answer to protection of crops like maize that could be used in the production of the same.....

Jotropha yields more than five times as much fuel per hectare than soy bean and several times than maize. An acre of jotropha produces close to 5,000 litres of fuel.

"It will also bring an alternative source of livelihoods not only to the Karimojong but also to other Ugandans," Marcos said.

This plant, if exploited, will not only relieve Uganda of dependency on fossil fuels from oil producing Arab countries but may also go a long way in becoming a major source of income....

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