Niqel | Jatropha Plantation Mozambique
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NIQEL JATROPHA PLANTATIONS

Niqel is managing the development of 10.000 hectares of Jatropha
curcas trees. A robust, drought tolerant tropical oilseed bearing tree.

THE JATROPHA CURCAS

Jatropha trees produce large quantities of seeds
which can be crushed to produce oil.

THE JATROPHA BIO-OIL

Niqel’s Jatropha bio-oil saves >70% of the GHG-emissions
compared to fossil diesel when used in diesel engines.

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4150

HECTARES JATROPHA CURCAS TREES PLANTED

4565

MILLION JATROPHA CURCAS TREES TO TAKE CARE OF

10000

HECTARES OF PLANTATIONS

295

EMPLOYEES

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ABOUT NIQEL

 

In 2006 the Jatropha plantation company Nigel Lda was established in Grudja, Mozambique. Niqel is managing the development of 10.000 hectares of Jatropha curcas trees, a robust, drought tolerant tropical oilseed bearing tree.

 

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THE ESTATE

 

The estate is situated in Grudja, Buzi district, Sofala province, Mozambique (19° 48′ 30″ South, 34° 0′ 59″ East). At the start in 2006 this area characterized itself by a dry area of degraded soil that was marginally suited for agriculture.

 

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ABOUT JATROPHA

 

Jatropha curcas is a perennial, oil-seed bearing shrub originating from Central America and which has been introduced to other tropical regions in Africa and Asia.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

 

Jatropha has a very positive impact on the environment through effective reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG). Firstly, since Jatropha oil is poisonous and grows well in hot and arid regions and marginal soils with low nutrient content, it does not compete with food crops for land and water.

 

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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

The development is completely in line with Mozambique’s Biofuel Sustainability Framework. We are committed to a food security programme, setting up of appropriate housing for employees, built schools, medical support posts and sports facilities.

 

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PRODUCTS

 

Niqel operates the first industrial, fully mechanised, Jatropha oil mill in the world. The brand new factory is located on a 3 hectare plot in the center of the Niqel Jatropha estate. The incoming Jatropha fruits are turned into Jatropha bio-oil, green energy, Jathropha protein meal, organic pellets and organic fertilizer.

 

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