NNPC to produce bio-fuel in commercial quantity
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it will soon begin production of bio-fuel in commercial quantity for sale
The bio-fuel is to be produced from Jetropha plant.
The corporation’s Group Managing Director, Doctor Maikanti Baru, who made this known at an environment dialogue in Abuja, said the proposed bio-fuel would serve as an alternative to diesel.
Maikanti represented by NNPC Group Executive Director for Gas and Power, Babatunde Adeniran, said Jatropha plant would be cultivated along the border of the over five thousand kilometre of NNPC pipeline’s right-of-way nationwide.
Jetropha, is an environmental and economic agro-allied plant called Binidazugu in the North, Lapalapa in South West, Okwa Ekpu in the East and it has over 175 species.
The plant could be used to produce bio-fuel which could serve as alternative to diesel.
It could also serve as wind breakers and shelter belts to curb flooding, desertification and erosion.
Baru stated that bio-fuel, as a renewable source of energy, was currently drawing international recognition as alternative choice of fuel because of its Eco-friendliness, socio-economic and climate benefits.