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NITT Announces Nigerian Jatropha Biofuel Plans (Int'l. Report)
Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology
Date: 2021-01-22
In Abuja, the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NIIT) is reporting acquisition of 84 hectares of land from the Kaduna State Government and an additional 40 hectares from the Sabon Gari Local Government Area for the establishment of a Jatropha plantation for biofuel production.

According to NIIT Director-General and CEO Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, "the scheme is necessary to exploring the development of alternative sources of fuel in the country." (Source: NITT, PR, 21 Jan., 2021) Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biofuel,  

Zimbabwe Biodiesel Project Finds Funding (Int'l Report, Funding)
Date: 2020-01-13
Following up on our Dec 9th 2019 coverage, in Zimbabwe a planned jatropha bio-diesel processing plant in Mount Hampden is reported to have secured a $12 million concessionary loan repayable over 20-25 years from the IRENA Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The loan will finance the construction of a bio-diesel plant an the cultivation of additional Jatropha plants in Mudzi. (Source: IRENA, Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Sunday Mail, Bulawayo24News, Jan., 2020)Contact: Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority,; IRENA Abu Dhabia Fund for Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biodiesel,  Zimbabwe,  IRENA ,  

Zimbabwe Jatropha Biodiesel Plant Delayed Again (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-12-09
In Harare, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) is reporting the mothballing of a planned jatropha bio-diesel processing plant in Mount Hampden due to "logistical challenges" -- funding.

To address the issue, the government has applied for $12 million from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to support its Jatropha bio-diesel project and various research programmes aimed at improving jatropha plant cultivation and processing. The plant is also expected to blend conventional diesel with jatropha biodiesel at 2 pct or greater. (Source: Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Bulawayo24News, Dec. 6, 2019)Contact: Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatriopha,  Biodiesel,  IRENA,  

Indonesia Seeks Mexican Palm Oil Biofuel Cooperation (Int'l.)
Indonesian Palm Oil
Date: 2019-11-27
Mexico to conduct research together to develop palm oil-based biofuel as renewable energy during the third meeting of the At this months Indonesia-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA) meeting in Mexico City, the Indonesian delegation, led by the chief of the Foreign Cooperation Bureau at the Agriculture Ministry, reportedly suggested the two countries partner on palm oil biofuels renewable energy R&D and related oil palm initiatives and opportunities.

The Indonesian initiative was reportedly well received since Mexico is investigating the development of oil palm cultivation, the development of oil palm biofuel and a possible B-20 or B-30 program. Mexico is also eager to explore cooperation in developing biodiesel-based products such as castor oil and jatropha that can be grown on marginal land. (Source: Various Media, Antara News, 26 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Palm Oil Biofuel,  B-20,  B-30,  

Zimbabwe Rebooting Biofuels, Jatropha Biodiesel Projects (Int'l.)
Jatropha, Ethanol
Date: 2019-08-16
In Harare, the Zimbabwe Information Ministry Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that as part of its proposed National Biofuels Policy a national jatropha biofuels production project abandoned during the Robert Mugabe administration will be rebooted.

The Jatropha initiative was first introduced as an alternative source of fuel in 2012 but failed for lack of significant funding.

"The proposed National Biofuels Policy will guide the biofuels sector during the period 2018 to 2030 in promoting the implementation of viable biofuels projects in the country. Its specific focus will be on ethanol production from sugar cane and biodiesel from jatropha, while exploring the possibility of other feedstocks, such as cassava and sweet sorghum for biodiesel production," the ministry said. (Source: Zimbabwe Information Ministry, Aug., 2019) Contact: Zimbabwe Information Ministry, Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Ethanol ,  

PCJ Touts Upcoming Biofuel Crop RFP (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2019-06-14
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in cooperation with the Urban Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica, reports it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the possible cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops at the Font Hill location by year end.

Font Hill has been used by the PCJ for research over the years, including experimentation on various biofuel crops -- including castor and jatropha -- between 2010 and 2017. Each of the 2,200 acre Font Hill plots to be available are conservatively expected to produce approximately 600,000 litres of oil annually for total revenue of $81 million, based on current ex-refinery diesel prices of $135 per litre. (Source: PCJ, Jamaica Gleaner, June, 2019) Contact: PCJ, Dr Peter Ruddock, Manager of Special Projects,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Biofuel Crop,  Castor,  Jatropha,  

Indigenous Bio-Jet Fuel developed by CSIR-IIP Scientists to be used in IAF Aircrafts
Date: 2019-05-26
On 24 May, the formidable workhorse of Indian Air Force (IAF), the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel. The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh by Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, AF on behalf of the IAF from Mr P Jayapal, Chief Executive CEMILAC. The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. The scope of these checks was in consonance with the international aviation standards. Today’s approval is an acknowledgement of the meticulous testing using the indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF. The indigenous bio-jet fuel was first produced by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) lab at Dehradun in 2013, Last December, Aircraft & System Testing Establishment (ASTE) a unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that evaluates aircraft and systems for induction into IAF, flew India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel on the An-32 transport aircraft. The bio-jet blended ATF (aviation turbine fuel) is made from Jatropha oil produced from seeds of Jatropha plant, which is sourced from the Chhattisgarh biodiesel development authority(CBDA) and then processed at CSIR-IIP, Dehradun. (Source: IndianWeb2, Indian Institute of Petroleum, 26 May, 2019) Contact: IW2, www.indianweb2,com; CSIR-IIP, Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP),

Rajasthan Jatropha Biofuel Plant Planned (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Rajasthan Jatropha
Date: 2018-09-21
In India, the Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan reports it will establish a Jatropha biofuel processing plant in Rajasthan with support from Indian Railways which will purchase the plant's biofuel production. The plant will have a capacity of 8 tpd and will cost about Rs 5 crore.

The Authority notes Jatropha is well suited to a desert state like Rajasthan since it requires only poor quality soil, little water or labour. (Source: The Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, NYOOOZ, 20 September, 2018) Contact: Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, Surendra Singh Rathore, CEO, 0141-2224754, 0141-2220672,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Indian Jatropha Biofuel Blend Flight Completed (Int'l. Report)
Jet Biofuel
Date: 2018-08-27
India's first ever biofuel flight, operated by SpiceJet, completed its maiden trip toda. A 78-seater aircraft Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially using biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

The biofuel for the flight was developed and tested by Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. SpiceJet's biofuel is a mix of the oil extracted from the seeds of Jatropha plant and regular aviation turbine fuel, the airline said. (Source: SpiceJet, NDTV, DNA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Jatropha biofuel,  

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