The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been allocated land to establish a plant with the capacity to produce 89 million litres of biofuel per annum in Adamawa State.
The plant will produce fuel ethanol that could be blended into Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and used in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri allocated 20,000 hectares of land for the project in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of the state, according to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Adamawa Investment and Property Development Company, Hajiya Rabi Ahmad.
Rabi Ahmad spoke to journalists after she led a delegation from the NNPC headed by the General Manager, Joint Venture and Renewable Energy, Mrs Fumilola Ale on an inspection tour to the Biofuel site on Wednesday.
The Adamawa investments chief who said the NNPC team was in the state to inspect the site, also disclosed that the team had earlier paid a courtesy call on Governor Fintiri who assured the NNPC that the state government would support the actualisation of the project.
She said the project is all about the production of ethanol as the world is running away from petroleum to energy.
The leader of the NNPC delegation, Mrs Fumilola Ale who is the General Manager of Joint Venture and Renewable Energy of the corporation, appreciated Governor Fintiri for providing the land and said work would soon start on the biofuel plant.
She said the biofuel project will boost revenue generation in the state, create employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.