NNPC Partners Danish Unibio To Produce Protein Animal Feeds.

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Sandra Ukele

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed a  Joint Venture agreement with Danish company Unibio A/S Limited to convert methane gas into protein for production of animal feeds.

This was disclosed in Abuja by the Group Managing Director of NNPC Dr. Maikanti Baru while receiving a delegation from Denmark led by the Dannish Ambassador to Nigeria  Mr. Torben Gettermann. Dr. Baru said such collaboration would have  a positive impact on the Nigerian economy in the area of revenue generation,  job creation and food security.

Dr. Baru emphasized that NNPC was considering a partnership with the  Danish company to utilize the abundant natural gas resources in the country for the production of animal feeds as part of its diversification agenda into non-oil ventures like other foreign national oil companies to generate additional revenue.

The GMD who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Ventures, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran said, "This proposal though it is coming newly, has already started gaining attraction in the industry and across the globe especially in  Europe. Nigeria being the first port of call in Africa we can leverage the opportunity to increase the revenue of the country through local food production."
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Dr. Baru who described the project as laudable promised that the Corporation would look into it holistically to ensure that Nigeria derives a maximum benefit from the project.

Responding to the speech the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Torben Gettermann stressed that Unibio had revolutionized natural gas conversion into animal feeds.

"There are huge possibilities in view of demands for this kind of feeds and it will boost food production in Nigeria tremendously. The benefits are not only in local production and consumption of the feeds but also in terms of revenue generation in foreign currencies through export," Mr. Gettermenn explained.

He continued that Nigeria is an important partner to the Danish government both politically and economically stating that the Danish government has established a special office in Lagos to facilitate trade between the ttwo countries.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Unibio Mr. Henrik Busch-Larsen throwing more light on the matter affirmed that his company owned the right to a unique fermentation technique known as U-loop Technology which enables natural gas conversion into a highly concentrated protein product called Uniprotein.

Busch-Larsen confirmed that the product could be used to feed such animals as pigs, poultry and fish. Uniprotein has a 72 per cent raw protein content which is a key component in animal feed and can substitute the traditional protein classes such as fishmeals and soybeans in animal feeds.

Multi-national food/care companies such as Nestle, Procter and Gamble, and Colgate Palmolive have already started using the product as feedstock, Busch-Larsen stated.


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