Biodiesel plan for Coega

Posted by Laura Grant on March 17, 2008
Posted in Transport

A R1.5-billion biodiesel plant is on the cards for the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape by Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels. The Australian-owned company is waiting to receive a licence from the department of minerals and energy to produce 288-million litres a year of biodiesel from soyabean oil, Engineering News Online reports. The plant, which will be the biggest in Africa, is expected to be commissioned in 2009, the website adds.

It will reportedly use one-million tons of soyabeans to produce 250,000 tonnes of oil and 800,000 tons of animal feed. The bulk of the soya feedstock will have to be imported because South Africa does not produce enough at the moment. But it is hoped that local production will increase to meet the demand within five years. Read more at Engineering News Online

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