Fossil fuels account for 95% energy usage globally and also for 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

A private Firm African Power Initiative Limited (API) recently announced its plans and commitment to start mass production of bio diesel in Uganda with a capacity of more than 4000 litres. East African Business Week’s Eriosi Nantaba talked to Marcos Bitew the CEO of African Power Initiative (API) about the firm’s commitment and capacity. Below are the excerpts.

Can Ugandans be assured of using biodiesel by April this year?

We have already installed our first biodiesel plant in Uganda. We plan to ramp up production from a few hundred liters a day to a projected 4,000 liters, moving to a full design capacity of 60,000 liters as more oil seed stock becomes available.

The mini refinery in Kampala will produce 4,000 liters per day given the sustained supply of seeds from the company farm in Karamoja and through the out growers scheme.

We acquired 20000 acres of land for own farm and growing of Jatropha, castor nut and croton in Karamoja region (North Western Uganda). The greatest challenge that was delaying production was insufficient supply of seed stock which we have tried to cover with such huge farms.

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