Tag: Zimbabwe

Green Fuel says it can supply entire E20 ethanol demand

Green Fuel says it can supply entire E20 ethanol demand

May 24, 2022 |

In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Situation reports Green Fuel says it can produce enough ethanol to supply domestic demand as the blending mandate ramps up to 20% later this month. Blending was brought back up to 10% in April in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which brought down pump prices by 4 cents per […]

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Oil Castor importing 20 biodiesel manufacturing engines for Zimbabwe farmers

Oil Castor importing 20 biodiesel manufacturing engines for Zimbabwe farmers

April 28, 2022 |

In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Situation reports that in an effort to help increase farmers’ access to energy and encourage them to grow castor bean, Oil Castor is importing 20 biodiesel manufacturing engines from South Africa with a price tag of $60,000. The company buys castor bean from farmers to whom it supplies seed to later […]

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Green Fuel expansion to produce 32MW of power and 220M liters of ethanol

Green Fuel expansion to produce 32MW of power and 220M liters of ethanol

March 15, 2022 |

In Zimbabwe, New Zimbabwe reports the planned expansion for the Green Fuel ethanol facility in Chisumbanje will produce 32MW of power with the majority going to the national grid to help alleviate electricity shortages. Ethanol production will reach 220 million liters per year from cane grown on 24,000 hectares. The government recently cut the ethanol […]

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Zimbabwe drops decade-long E10 mandate

Zimbabwe drops decade-long E10 mandate

January 11, 2022 |

In Zimbabwe, News Day reports that after a decade of the E10 blending mandate, the national energy regulator has scrapped ethanol blending all together. Ethanol blending in the country has been riddled with controversy from a monopoly supplier and concerns of corruption surrounding it together with environmental challenges that has impeded ethanol production at times […]

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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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