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Nigeria to build biorefinery

A $22.3 million (€16.3 million) dual-purpose biorefinery will be constructed in Ipao Ekiti, Nigeria. There are also other biofuels projects located in Ilemeso and Iyemero in Oye and Ikole local government areas respectively.
At Iyemero, 5,000 hectares of land for cassava have been cultivated in preparation for the launch of the project. Brazil-based consulting engineering firm Engevix is handling the sweet sorghum-based ethanol project at Ilemeso Ekiti, which is receiving financial support from the Brazilian Bank for Industrial Development.

Construction on the biorefinery is expected to finish in December 2011, and upon completion it will have the capacity to convert cassava into 30,000 tonnes of biofuel every year. Eventually, the plants will support the production of biodiesel, renewable jet fuel and electric power.

Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti State said: ‘By the time the three biofuel plants become operational, apart from putting the state on the world map as a major biofuel/ethanol producing state, the plants would also offer jobs to thousands directly and indirectly. They would also generate electricity.’

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News date: 03/03/2010

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