Tag: Zimbabwe

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe offloads failed jatropha scheme for government research

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe offloads failed jatropha scheme for government research

August 9, 2021 |

In Zimbabwe, the New Zimbabwe reports that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will dump the 2005 jatropha project developed by a former governor, known as Transload Enterprises, and hand it over to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development who will use it for research. Despite government support, the project never really […]

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Green Fuel requiring ethanol payments be made in US dollars

Green Fuel requiring ethanol payments be made in US dollars

November 30, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, Bulawayo reports that Green Fuel is selling ethanol only in US dollars, requiring proof of payment from clients that they have the funds ahead of time and having all bank transfers sent to its US forex bank account. The country has suffered from severe inflation and currency fluctuations for years, which prompted the […]

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Green Fuel to get sixth sugarcane crushing mill

Green Fuel to get sixth sugarcane crushing mill

October 13, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, ESI Africa reports that Green Fuel is installing a sixth sugarcane crushing mill at its facility that will allow it to be self-sufficient in energy as well as be able to export electricity to the national grid thanks to high powered boilers. The additional equipment should be installed by the end of the […]

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Zimbabwean MP takes on Green Fuel ethanol monopoly head on

Zimbabwean MP takes on Green Fuel ethanol monopoly head on

July 16, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, Bulawayo 24 reports that a member of Parliament is going to court to fight the national 20% ethanol blending mandate that still supports a supply monopoly for the controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach’s Green Fuel. The complaint claims that Green Fuel is paid $1.30 per liter of ethanol whereas the global average is around […]

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Zimbabwe returns to E20 as ethanol supplies improve

Zimbabwe returns to E20 as ethanol supplies improve

June 8, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, ZimEye reports that following the restart of ethanol production at Green Fuel, ethanol blending will return to the mandated 20%. When ethanol supplies were scarce due to rains keeping sugarcane from being harvested, the blending rate temporarily went down to 10%. The mandate has been revised down as low as 5% due to […]

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Increased interest in cane production for ethanol in Zimbabwe thanks to dam project

Increased interest in cane production for ethanol in Zimbabwe thanks to dam project

January 13, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that three companies are seeking licenses to produce sell ethanol on the domestic market in addition to GreenFuels and Tongaat Hulett who currently supply locally. Tongaat is looking to expand sugarcane production another 4,000 hectares, the national oil company is looking to grow 5,000 hectares to do the same […]

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Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

January 1, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that the government has asked researchers to identify possible alternative oilseed feedstocks that will allow it to restart the originally jatropha-based biodiesel project on Mt. Hampden. Limited production from soybeans has been done, as well as using jatropha from plantations developed in the early 2000s. Another 6,000 ha has […]

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Zimbabwe flipflops on slashing E20 blending mandate due to ethanol supply challenges

Zimbabwe flipflops on slashing E20 blending mandate due to ethanol supply challenges

December 5, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, the country’s energy regulator announced a cut to 10% ethanol blending from the previous 20% due to challenges in sourcing ethanol as heavy rains keep Green Fuels from harvesting the cane required for ethanol production, but just hours later reversed the decision and kept the mandate at 20%. A statement from the regulator […]

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Green Fuel doubles ethanol production to 380,000 liters per day

Green Fuel doubles ethanol production to 380,000 liters per day

September 9, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that the country’s main ethanol producer Green Fuel has doubled its ethanol production capacity to 380,000 liters per day in an effort to help reduce fossil fuel imports. The additional supply allows blending of 20% ethanol which can reduce fossil fuel imports by $10 million per month. As a […]

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Zimbabwean government accused of blending 40% ethanol while keeping gas prices high

Zimbabwean government accused of blending 40% ethanol while keeping gas prices high

August 21, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, local press reports that drivers are accusing the government of boosting the ethanol blend to 40% from the mandated 20% while keeping prices high, but cars are only going half as far on a tank of fuel. The permanent secretary of the energy department dismissed the allegations but also said that she would […]

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