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March 31, 2010

Biodiesel plant planned for Botswana

Plans are underway in Botswana to construct a biofuels plant that will produce 50 million-litres of biodiesel annually. The plant, due to be online in 2012, will eventually utilise jatropha from plantations to manufacture the biodiesel but will start off using meat tallow and used cooking oil.

The National Petroleum Fund will finance the project with advanced plans already in place to purchase at least 170,000 hectares of land, according to the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources’ Committee of Supply Report to Parliament. The land will be used to grow jatropha that will feed the refinery.

The report says that the jatropha plantations will be leased to the private sector and local farmers after they have been developed. It is hoped that the private sector will be encouraged to cultivate more plantations to meet the plant’s full processing capacity. The plant will help the coal-rich nation reduce its carbon dioxide output.

The plant, due to be online in 2012, will eventually utilise jatropha from plantations to manufacture the biodiesel but will start off using meat tallow and used cooking oil.

Biofuels International

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