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NNPC partners with Nigerian state of Kogi to produce bio-fuel

CTBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2018

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of an ethanol-based bio-fuel processing plant capable of producing 84 million litres per year.

NNPC group managing director Maikanti Baru stated that the intended Bagasse co-generation Plant would also generate 64MW of power. The plant is also expected to include a carbon dioxide recovery and bottling plant with capacity of 2,000 tonnes per year.

Sugar for the plant will be produced at a sugarcane feedstock plantation, on 19,000 hectares of land.

Baru said that the signing of the MoU will lead to the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which will help to move forward with the project activities.

The project will play a crucial role in attaining economic development on the basis of value-added investment portfolios, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and job creation in the region, Baru said.

The project is also expected to mitigate against the negative effects of climate change and earn Nigeria Carbon credits from Clean Development Mechanism Projects activities.  

Baru said: “NNPC is committed to implementing Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement aimed at combating global Climate Change, to which President Muhammadu Buhari signed, and deposited Nigeria’s ‘Instrument of Ratification’ to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May 2017.”

The proposed NNPC Biofuels project in Kaba/Bunu, Kogi State would include an integrated feedstock plantation and process plants complex on a land mass of 20,000 hectares for sugarcane and or 15,000 hectares for cassava with potentials for further expansion.

Image: Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello and NNPC group managing director Maikanti Baru signing the MoU. Photo: Courtesy of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.