Kaduna Set To Be Biomass Capital, signs MoU for $2.4bn bio-fuel factory

The Oasis Reporters

September 29, 2017

Ahmadu Bello Way landmark in Kaduna City.

Kaduna is set to be a biomass powered city producing aviation fuel with biomass in Zaria city.

It just signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Malaysian firm, Bionas, for the construction of a biofuel factory estimated at $2.4 billion.

Group Chief Executive Officer of the firm Mrs. Zurina Amnan said a waste to wealth factory estimated to cost $137 million would also be built in Zaria. This project is expected to generate 258 Megawatts electricy from recycled waste products to energy where 1,000 pounds of garbage would be processed daily to serve 96,000 houses without waste or pollution.

Amnan said Bionas would also construct five blocks of 10,000 hectares in cultivating jathropa plant in five different locations to produce the biomass and biofuel.

The CEO said the duration of the two projects is between 18 months and two years using the latest technology.

She said, “The MOU is a deal to implement five blocks of jathropa farm involving 50,000 hectares in five locations worth $2.4 billion to provide employment for 38,750 people. We will build 15,635 fully furnished houses for these people with hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructures.
It will become a new town. After implementing the Kaduna project, we hope we can extend it to all states in Nigeria. We hope Kaduna will be the new green city in Nigeria and biomass headquarters.”

Governor Nasir el-Rufai who signed the MOU on behalf of the Kaduna State Government, commended the firm for hastening up the process for the signing of the MoU coupled with the financial and technical capacity brought to implement the project.

The only query on this project is why it has to be a government signed project.
Why can’t it be handled by the private sector strictly?

[Daily Trust]

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