In the current context of the gradual rise in oil prices in the international market, developing countries, particularly non-oil producing, are looking for new alternatives.
However in Mali, even considered as the undeveloping countries in the world make new head again. The new production of biodiesel has just opened its doors in the town of Méguétan in Koulikoro region.
Biodiesel can be used for all cars that use diesel without risk to the engine
In Mali, the Jatropha Curcas/Pourghère/Jarak Pagar, a plant that grows well, provides great opportunities just waiting to be exploited for biodiesel. And many businessmen are beginning to show interest. L’essor reported on 19 March 2008 that the first treatment plant of Jatropha Curcas in Koulikoro, Mali was offically open on 18 February 2008 by President of the National Assembly, Dioncounda Traore.
The promoter of the ventures the company call “Mali Biocarburant SA”, the result of cooperation between Mali and Netherlands with a capital of 10 million CFA francs. The objective of the company according to its General Manager, Hugo Verkuijl is clear. “Apart from the profit, our work is part of the fight against poverty. Our ambition is local production, extraction local consumption. Must first meet local needs, create jobs . Eventually, we plan to create decentralized units of biodiesel in all regions of Mali”.
Epilogue: Effective by 15th April 2008, the fuels prices increased as announced by the government. The new price are as follows:-
Supercaburant : 635 Fcfa/litre (0.97 Euro/litre)
Pétrole lampant : 460 Fcfa/litre
Gas-oil : 555 Fcfa/litre
Distillat Diesel-oil (DDO) : 555 Fcfa/litre
Fuel oil : 365 Fcfa/litre
Gaz butane : 859 Fcfa/litre