Lisbon, Portugal, 6 Feb – Portuguese group Galp Energia plans to head up a project for second generation biofuel produced using cultivated jatropha in Mozambique, the Portuguese press reported.
The project, which is projected to cost 2 million euros, is 50 percent funded by the Fund for Support to Innovation of the Energy Agency (Adene).
As well as Galp and Adene, teh consortium also includes Portugal’s Évora University, Vicort, Domingos Reynolds de Sousa, Portugal’s Higher Agronomy Institute and the Portalegre Polytechnic Institute.
The project will research areas including improving plant varieties, harvesting, oil extraction and use of sub-products.
Galp Energia’s jatropha plantations in Mozambique are increasing in size and by 2016 the company expects to have a planted area of 23,000 hectares and production of 30,000 tons of oil.
Adene is an public non-profit association in which the Ministry for the Economy and Employment has a majority-stake (69.66 percent) and is also owned by other institutions from the Ministry and public gas and electricity service provides (EDP – Energias de Portugal and Galp Energia), which have a 22 percent share, and the remaining 5.74 percent are split amongst a number of public bodies. (macauhub)