Cassava -Based Ethanol Plant to be Built in Nigeria

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it will build a new biofuel plant capable of producing 65 million liters of biofuel per year. The corporation decided on the biofuel plant as part of its commitment to ensure supply of petroleum products in Nigeria, as well as reduce its carbon emission and footprint.

NNPC would not be alone operating the plant as investors are expected to invest in it to create at least one million direct and indirect jobs aside from helping Nigeria reduce the volume of fuel imports. The plant would be located on a 15,000-hectare land space to be provided by the government. A special breed of cassava would be cultivated there to provide feedstock to the biofuel plant and animal feed production.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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