Cassakero Project Targets 10,000 Ethanol Refineries In 36 States

The cassakero project has targeted the installation of 10,000 small scale bio-ethanol refineries in the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), over the next four years from December 2009 to December 2013 to produce the daily ethanol cooking fuel requirement for 4 million families.

The Chief Executive, Agro Industries Services Limited (CAISL), Mr Boma Anga, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, stating that the bio- ethanol refinery would be installed, owned and operated by private companies, individuals  in local cooperatives, and will be denatured with Bitrex, a better substance to render it undrinkable and a colorant to give it a distinguishing color.

He further said that the second component of the initiative is the circulation of the cleancook stove that will utilise the cassakero cooking fuel and this would require Nigerian households to acquire new stoves called “Clean Cook Stove” since the cassakero cannot be used on the existing kerosene stoves.

Anga stated that the stove is a non-pressurised alcohol stove that absorbs and retains its liquid fuel in a manner that prevents spilling, leaking, fires and explosions, also supply the clean cook stoves to selected families without any upfront charges.

The programme plans to distribute a total of four million single and double burner stoves to four million Nigerians nationwide.

According to him, cassakero would provide Nigeria with a new household fuel for use in cooking, lighting, heating, refrigeration and electricity generation. It would be cleaner, safer and cheaper than kerosene without the need for government subsidy.

He added that the success and sustainability of the   initiative is heavily dependent on the availability of an efficient, adequate and sustainable feedstock supply system.

The key project goal is the establishment of an out growers-based feedstock supply system that would produce 8,000,000 tonnes of cassava, at an average yield of 20 tones/hectare from 400,000 hectares to be planted nationwide.