Nigeria is in the odd position of suffering a chronic fuel shortage while being Africa’s largest oil producer. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) created a Renewable Energy Division in 2005 that was to focus on the development of biofuels. Fortunately, Global BioFuels Ltd has developed a process to turn sorghum into ethanol, and NNPC has committed to buy all of Global’s production.
With sorghum, there is apparently no impact on food supply. The sorghum plant needs minimal water and will produce 2 or 3 harvests each year, thereby producing more ethanol per acre. Starting with 9000 litres of daily production, Global expects to be producing 5% of Nigeria’s oil consumption within 3 years, or 1.5 million litres daily.
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