Tag: Zimbabwe

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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Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

August 15, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, local press reports that the government is moving forward with its long-awaited national biofuels plan that looks to promote sugarcane and jatropha as key feedstocks for ethanol and biodiesel production while also exploring other potential feedstocks such as cassava and sweet sorghum. The policy aims to take the country through 2030 as it […]

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Ethanol brings down price of gasoline at the pump below biodiesel in Zimbabwe

Ethanol brings down price of gasoline at the pump below biodiesel in Zimbabwe

August 13, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, the national broadcasting corporation reports that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority says prices for gasoline blended with 10% ethanol have fallen below diesel prices at the pump which typically doesn’t happen. Using 150,000 liters per day of domestic ethanol reduces the foreign exchange burden on the country’s already challenged economy. The country has […]

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Zimbabwe’s Triangle to invest in CO2 production at ethanol plant

Zimbabwe’s Triangle to invest in CO2 production at ethanol plant

July 31, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, Triangle plans to invest in CO2 production from its ethanol processing in order to serve the domestic soft drinks market. The soft drinks industry has shrunk in recent years due to foreign exchange requirements to import CO2, so when the facility comes online in 2020, the company expects the soft drinks industry to […]

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