A protocol agreement to activate the reuse of cooking oil and transform it into biodiesel was signed between the Ministries of Petroleum and Supply, as well as the Alexandria Company for Petroleum Additives (ACPA), Monday.

The main highlights of the agreement state that the Ministry of Supply will collect cooking oil from different distributers and citizens in exchange for points they get for obtaining free food commodities, state media reported.

The programme will be applied in all governorates in Egypt, whereby ACPA will be responsible for the transformation process.

The signing of the agreement took place between  Chairman of the Supervisory Distribution Sector at the Ministry of Supply Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Deputy Executive Chairman for operations at the state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) Amr Mostafa Kamel, as well as Chairman and Managing Director of ACPA Mosaad Atteya.

Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi indicated that his ministry will collect the cooking oil through employing young people. Employees will be provided with concessional loans for purchasing tricycles and the needed equipment for the collection of oil.

The loans will be provided in cooperation with the Social Fund for Development (SFD). The Minister added that the main purpose of the programme is to provide support for Egyptian families by providing thousands of job opportunities in all Egyptian governorates, as well as the production of biodiesel at a low economic cost.

The programme was applied last December in one Egyptian governorate, Port Said, wherein 10 young people received training at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST), a private university in Egypt. The training involved learning the required techniques for transforming cooking oil into biodiesel.

Source: Daily News Egypt