Maputo, Mozambique — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 April 2011 – The jatropha being produced in large quantities in the Chimoio region of Mozambique will be processed and transformed into biodiesel at a future factory to be built in the city of Beira, according to state daily newspaper Notícias.
The paper said that the factory ‒ the second in this part of Mozambique ‒ would belong to Mozambican oil company Petromoc.
“In addition to jatropha from Chimoio that is being produced by SunBiofuels, the bio-fuel factory due to be set up in Beira will use jatropha from other regions in the Sofala and Manica provinces,” said SunBiofuels Mozambique director Sérgio Gouveia.
At the moment, according to Gouveia, Manica province is producing 6.3 million litres of jatropha oil per year, which will be transformed into bio-diesel at the factory that Petromoc is planning in Beira. No dates have been set for the factory to open, but Gouveia said that the process was at an advanced stage.
Gouveia added 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.