Tag: Zambia

Sunbird Energy supplies ethanol for Zambian E30 trial

Sunbird Energy supplies ethanol for Zambian E30 trial

October 29, 2020 |

In Zambia, the national oil company teamed with Sunbird Bioenergy to successfully undergo a pilot project to trial 30% ethanol blending in five government-owned vehicles. Sunbird believes it will deliver the first ethanol for commercial blending during Q1 2021 when it starts production at its small-scale facility that is a first step towards its commercial […]

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Sunbird Bioenergy signs up 1,700 cassava farmers in Zambia during first month of recruitment drive

Sunbird Bioenergy signs up 1,700 cassava farmers in Zambia during first month of recruitment drive

February 25, 2020 |

In Zambia, the Lusaka Times newspaper reports that Sunbird Bioenergy has managed to sign up 1,700 farmers for its cassava-based ethanol plant of the 20,000 in total required to supply its ethanol plant. The country’s president kicked off the company’s farmer recruitment drive last month. Sunbird Bioenergy’s CEO said he was impressed by the speed […]

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Zambia looks to Brazil for sugarcane and ethanol energy opportunities

Zambia looks to Brazil for sugarcane and ethanol energy opportunities

December 15, 2019 |

In Zambia, Lusaka Times reports that Zambia’s Ambassador to Brazil, Dr. Alfreda Kansembe has held bilateral talks with Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and energy companies in an effort to find partners to help establish the biofuel industry in Zambia. Dr. Kansembe toured energy plants in and around the city of Pirajuba and talked with companies like […]

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Chinese company launches $9 million ethanol plant in Zambia

Chinese company launches $9 million ethanol plant in Zambia

July 25, 2019 |

In Zambia, Xinhua news agency reports that Chinese company Zhongkai International Company has launched a $9 million cassava and corn-based ethanol plant in the central part of the country. The facility will produce liquid fertilizer and CO2 in addition to ethanol. The project is seen as a key part to creating a strong value chain […]

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Zambia to sign off on $1.5 million ethanol project preparing for commissioning in September

Zambia to sign off on $1.5 million ethanol project preparing for commissioning in September

June 10, 2019 |

In Zambia, the Daily Mail newspaper reports that the Energy Regulation Board is expected to greenlight a 15 million liter per year ethanol plant following a final expectation later this month. The $1.5 million plant is expected to commission in September. The country has been trying to find ways in order to increase domestic fuel […]

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Zambia finally develops biofuel blending and pricing policy but no details yet

Zambia finally develops biofuel blending and pricing policy but no details yet

May 7, 2019 |

In Zambia, the National Broadcasting Corp. reports that the government is finally set to implement a biodiesel blending policy after many years of deliberations and false starts. The government has determined the blending level for biodiesel and has established a pricing mechanism for the biodiesel as well, but the levels weren’t reported. The Brazilian government […]

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Cassava seed planting kicks off at SunBird Zambia

Cassava seed planting kicks off at SunBird Zambia

December 31, 2018 |

In Zambia, local press reports that planting of cassava for SunBird’s $800 million ethanol project has begun, creating 1,000 new jobs as a result. The project was commissioned by the president back in 2015 but is finally starting to get off the ground now with cassava seed planting underway. An estimated commissioning date for the […]

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Zambian biodiesel producer looking to soy farmers for feedstock

Zambian biodiesel producer looking to soy farmers for feedstock

June 26, 2018 |

In Zambia, local press reports that Copperbelt Energy Corporation has begun engaging with soybean farmers in order to secure feedstock for its biofuel production facility. Most soy in the country is used for animal feed while in surplus years it exports. However, drought early this year negatively impacted yields, dropping production to about 320,000 metric […]

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Zambia to roll out $1 million mini-ethanol distilleries investment

Zambia to roll out $1 million mini-ethanol distilleries investment

March 6, 2018 |

In Zambia, Thromro Investments will invest more than $1 million in a 15 one million liter per year ethanol facilities spread around the country that will supply fuel for the local transportation market. The micro-plants will use cassava, corn, sugarcane and sorghum as feedstock and fit in with the government’s policy to transition the economy […]

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Sunbird Bioenergy developing cassava outgrower program

Sunbird Bioenergy developing cassava outgrower program

August 7, 2017 |

In Zambia, Sunbird Bioenergy Africa’s project team mobilized to Kawambwa, Luapula Province, Zambia, to commence work on a cassava out-grower program that will provide the sustainable feedstock for a bioenergy project that is expected to produce 120 million liters of bioethanol per year for the country’s ethanol-fuel blending program. The program includes: • Development of […]

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