Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa,

28-29 Sep, 2017 - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

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"Expanding the Biomass to Fuel, Gas & Power Capability in Africa!"

"Opportunities for Export & Localised Biomass Power Value Chain"

While solar and wind renewable power have garnered much larger interest (due to its returns and benefits), a balanced and diverse energy approach from conventional sources and small-scale systems, could provide adequate power output to major cities, industries and rural electrification at greater affordability and minimal environmental impact.  Africa has an abundance of agricultural resources that can be utilized efficiently and cost effectively in the bioenergy value chain.  From biomass co-firing, dedicated biopower, biogas and biofuels, Europe, the Americas and Asia have exhibited sustainable case studies which Africa can pick up from.  To start off, national mandates and supportive framework such as the Feed-In Tariff Scheme for renewable energy capacity to set the foundation support.


“Energy diversity a priority across Africa” 

~ July 2017, African Review


“Nampower plans big for several bio-mass power plants” ~ March 2017, Namibia Economist


“Uganda: AfDB supports biomass power plant” 

~ February 2017, ESI Africa


Tapping on the European expertise, Namibia’s national power utility (Nampower) recently made bold plans to construct up to 10 biomass power plants (10Mw to 100Mw).  Bush biomass resources will be locally sourced and to be supplied to these power plants by the commercial farmers.  More regional examples as such are springing up in biomass power, biogas and biofuels.


As firewood is still one of the key cooking fuel source in the region, converting these hazardous living habits can be a tall order.  Especially in Africa, bioenergy projects is linked to sustainability and improvement of quality of life for local populations.  


While the bioenergy sector is still in its nascent state, export opportunities of African biomass, wood chip, wood pellets, palm kernel shells (PKS), to Europe and North Asia are currently being explored.  


With the growing number renewable energy projects in Africa, financiers and investors would then be cautious and selective as they evaluate the bankability, so it has to be sustainably developed, operated and maintained, to offer a solid returns.


Gathering all stakeholders from the regulatory, project developing, technologies and financing, CMT’s Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa conference is a NOT TO BE MISSED event for all who are involved in the biomass and bioenergy value chain.  Register NOW to attend CMT’s Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa with your team.  Contact for attractive group discounts.

Multiple Benefits to Attain Your Business Leads

  • Maximum networking benefits over 2 days, offering vital face-to-face interaction with the power utilities, IPP, biogas project developers, industrial boilers from the African region
  • Explore bioenergy opportunities in Southern African region
  • Keep track on the biomass power projects in Namibia and Sierra Leone
  • Find out how the sugar mills and cement kilns (with coffee husks) have developed their zero-waste operations
  • Be updated on the regulatory framework & opportunities on biogas projects in Ghana & South Africa
  • Learn from the leaders on biomass carbonization technologies – CHP, Co-Firing, Torrefaction (Black Pellets)
  • Assess the biomass export markets (Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, etc) and opportunities
  • Deepen your knowledge on what’s required to set up biomass export operation 

Confirmed Speakers:
  • African Development Bank
  • Eskom Power
  • Namibia Power Corporation (Ptd) Ltd.
  • Sunbird BioEnergy
  • LafargeHolcim Group
  • ECN
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Blackwood Technology
  • Southern African Biogas Industry Association
  • Biogas Association of Ghana
  • Pöyry Management Consulting (UK) Ltd.
  • Asia Resource Partners Pte Ltd
  • Africa Renewables Ltd.

How you will Benefit from being Connected at CMT’s 2017 Biomass Series?

Since 2008, CMT’s Biomass series evolved from and into inter-regional biomass trade and supply, biomass power projects, developments in biofuels, biomass use regulations and more. The series traveled across Europe, America and Asia – from Rotterdam to Brussels to Atlanta to Seoul to Jakarta and last year to Tokyo.


Pegged as the ‘Global Biomass Buyer-Supplier Meet’  it has connected over thousands of wood pellet, wood chip and agricultural biomass (e.g. Palm Oil, etc) producers & traders, power utilities, and technology providers.


How Can You Get Connected ?


BE AN EXHIBITOR – Showcase Your Brands/Products


BE A SPONSER – Hosting Raise your corporate profile


BE A SPEAKER – Lead & Steer Discussions


BE A DELEGATE – Networking with industry best


Find Out More


For more information and to find out how you can actively participate, please contact me on +65 6346 9113 or email me at




News Feed

African Oil Trader Taleveras to build bio-refinery with African grown Jatropha

Posted on : 08 Sep, 2017


African oil trading company Taleveras Group is planning to form a joint venture with Global Green Development Group
to build a biorefinery in the USA.

Taleveras Group plans to start farming collectives in Africa – that will grow jatropha, whose seeds can be turned into feedstock for producing biofuel. It plans to refine these jatropha seeds in Mississippi and then sell the biofuel to the U.S. market.

It is expected that the first phase of the project will incur a cost of $400 million to $600 million – that will produce an annual 70 million gallons of biofuel. Taleveras expects to begin operating in two to three years’ time.

It is already in the process of setting up farms in Nigeria and other African countries to cultivate jatropha. Taleveras requires a minimum of 15,000 hectares of land to kick off the project and it is in talks with state governors in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia for the same. 

As biofuels are being tested to be used in the aviation industry, Taleveras and its partners are mainly eyeing to sell the biofuel to the U.S. military that can be blended with jet fuel.

The aviation industry signed a United Nations accord last October to reduce pollution, which requires airlines to counter emissions growth after 2020. Some companies such as Virgin Atlantic Ltd. are testing greener jet fuels, but strict regulations on safety have proven a roadblock to implementation.

Despite, President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement and try to bolster fossil fuels such as coal in the U.S., Taleveras is confident that its biofuel project is still viable. 

Taleveras trades over 100 million barrels of crude oil annually, as well as gasoline, jet fuel and LPG. It is also developing and operating blocks off the coasts of Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

More about biofuels in Africa at CMT’s Africa Biomass & BioEnergy Summit on 28-29 September, 2017, in Johannesburg.

Email Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more information.


AfDB approves grant for 20MW biomass power plant in Uganda

Posted on : 13 Jul, 2017


The African Development Bank (AfDB) has agreed on a $1 million grant to support Earth Energy’s proposed 20MW biomass power plant in northern Uganda.


The total cost for the project is expected to be about $50-$70 million and it will take approximately 18 months to complete.


Uganda is currently dependent on hydroelectricity power – which gets affected by climate changes. The use of biomass power, on the other hand reduces the effects of climate change.


The biomass power plant will use plant reeds from groundnuts, maize and other plants to generate power. Once completed, the plant will provide power to Northern Uganda.


The AfDB grant will finance certain expenditures for the construction and operation of the 20MW baseload biomass power plant. These in particular are the expenditures related to the development of an environment and social impact assessment and a technical feasibility study – includes a full feasibility study, biomass feasibility and feedstock study, a detailed engineering design study and a power evaluation study. The grant will also finance project management activities such as the recruitment of a procurement specialist and the audit of the grant use.


More about the prospects of biomass power projects in Africa will be discussed at Africa Biomass & BioEnergy Summit on 28-29 September, 2017, in Johannesburg.


For more information, email Ms. Huiyan at and tel: +65 63469113



2 MW Biogas plant launched in Kenya – Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant

Posted on : 13 Mar, 2017


Gorge Farm – owned by the Vegpro Group, has begun a biogas plant that produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Located approximately 76km northwest of Nairobi, the Gorge Farm Energy Park has become the first biogas electricity producer in Africa that is selling its surplus electricity to the national grid.


Independent power producer - Biojoule Kenya is responsible for operating the Gorge Farm plant.


Biojoule Kenya has an agreement with Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) – the country's sole power distributor – to sell the electricity produced by Gorge Farm.


The surplus electricity produced at the plant can meet the power needs of 5,000-6,000 rural homes.


The plant produces biogas through anaerobic digestion. The biogas produced is burned in two engines, producing both electricity and heat in a process called cogeneration.


However, biogas power is yet to set off in a big way in Kenya. Currently, cogeneration adds only a small fraction in Kenya’s renewable power mix – at 0.7 percent in 2015, according to the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN), the country's biggest power company.


Some analysts say biogas could generate between 29 and 131 MW of power in Kenya. However, challenges such as low tariffs for biogas power are hindering investor interest. Moreover, biogas power feedstock such as agricultural and municipal waste is already in demand for other end uses such as fertilisers.  


More about the prospects of biogas power projects in Africa will be discussed at Africa Biomass & BioEnergy Summit on 28-29 September, 2017.


For more information, email Ms. Hafizah at or call +65 6346 9218.