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The project (as proposed) was to produce 340 thousand tons/year of crude palm oil and 250,000 tons/year of biodiesel from 70,000 ha and employ 10,000 people. If favorable after the initial 4 -year feasibility study phase (ending in 2011), the option of building a bio-refinery was open to the company. The stated intention of the project is ambiguous, with some company sources citing 'food oil' as the first priority and others listing 75% of production to go towards biodiesel production for export. Eni´s tar sands exploration is taking place over a huge 1,790 KM2 area.
|Level of Investment:||350 million – 3 Billion for all three projects|
|Type of population||Rural|
|Company names or state enterprises:||Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (Eni) from Italy|
Saipem from Italy
|Relevant government actors:||Congolese Ministry of Agriculture|
|Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:||Justice and Peace Commission, Pointe-Noire, Campaign for the Reform of the World Bank, http://www.inclusivedevelopment.net, Banktrack: http://www.banktrack.org/download/energy_futures_/energy_futures_eng.pdf, Cultural Foundation of Ethical Responsibility, Email: [email protected], Heinrich Boll Foundation, http://www.boell.org/|