Kenyan courts are considering halting the first stage of a US$370-million (ZAR2650-million) biofuel project that aims to replace approximately 20 000 hectares of coastal grassland with irrigated fields of sugarcane according to the Environmental News Network.
Engineering consultancy firm Bioneer has recently been tasked with the engineering and technology supply of a biodiesel plant located in Chamdor, Gauteng, which it constructed for biodiesel production company GBC Organic Fuels.
The food vs fuel debate has long formed part of the perennial debate around land usage but, very recently, the more real threat of fluctuating commodity prices and the cost of energy needed to produce food has dominated debates around food security.
Brazil has displaced the US as the most attractive country for prospective investment in biofuels. This is according to the latest Ernst & Young “Biofuels country attractiveness indices”, which score countries on their attractiveness for investment in biofuels.