South Africa looks to biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps

South Africa is looking at biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps, according to Engineering News from Creamer Media.

According to the report:


Dr Titus Mathe, The South African National Energy Research Institute’s (Saneri’s) programme manager,  said that, although the country had arange of alternative fuels available, biodiesel was very comparable topetrol and diesel in terms of energy content. It also offered afavourable impact on energy security, as it could be locally produced.

He added


In 2007, South Africa’s demand for liquid transport fuels rose to 23707-million litres, while State-owned power utility Eskom’s gas turbinepower plants demanded about 600-million litres.



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One Response to South Africa looks to biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps

  1. Pradeep 14 October, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Using the coal-to-liquids (CTL) process, Sasol produced 7.4 million Tons of synthetic liquid fuels last year. If we assume a density of 0.85 kg/L (diesel), this becomes ~8706 million L liquid fuel/year (approximately 1/3rd of the demand, 23707 million L).

    The Engineering News article does not have any numbers on the potential use of biodiesel as transportation fuel in South Africa.

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