hydro4africa, your internet portal on hydropower in Africa
menu powered by Milonic
You are here: Comments and remarks to Wim Jonker Klunne


news @ biomass4africa

South Africa: oil majors willing to market biofuels, but caution on quality

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which represented all of South Africa oil majors, supported government's strategy for the introduction of biofuels into the market, but economic realities and fuel qualities needed strong consideration, executive director Colin McClelland said in the association's 2005 report published Thursday.
He stated that several Sapia members were willing to assist in the marketing of biofuels, but that it was critical to recognise the risk posed by the “mismatch” of the costs of these fuels.

He detailed that this was based on the costs of growing the input materials and the costs of conversion, as well as the revenues based on global oil-prices and the rand-dollar exchange rate.

“Movements in these key parameters could render biofuels production to be highly profitable to highly unprofitable,” McClelland stressed.

However, he noted that, if appropriately managed, biofuels production could lead to job creation, reduce South Africa's dependence on imported fuel feedstocks, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve energy security.

Sapia members are fully prepared to take up both biodiesel and bioethanol, but this would need to take place in a cost-neutral environment, as their use should not result in an increase in the production or distribution costs of the fuels, McClelland highlighted.

He also noted that government policy on biofuels currently concentrated on its use in the on-road transport market, and that the use of biofuels in the off-road and industrial sectors should not be neglected.


Additional information: More on Engineering News' web site
News date: 31/08/2006

To the news index

Comments and remarks to Wim Jonker Klunne

sponsored links


More information on renewables in Africa: wind4africa - solar4africa - hydro4africa