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Jatropha Biodiesel Project Back on Track

by Debra Matabvu (Sunday Mail)  Conceived 12 years ago when the country was in the throes of biting fuel shortages, the jatropha biodiesel project – which was premised on cutting the country’s fuel import bill – seemingly suffered a stillbirth. The multi-million dollar jatropha processing plant in Mt Hampden, which was touted

August 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Egyptian Firm to Turn Tonnes of Rubbish into Electricity, Bio-Diesel

by Jeffrey Gogo (The Herald)  Emerging energy firm Tawanda Energy Ltd has agreed a deal with Egyptian financier and project developer MAFGAIB for the construction of a $140 million plant that converts waste to energy. The deal is still at feasibility stage, but once complete, aims to turn up to 800 tonnes

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Mandatory Fuel Blending Ratio up

(The Herald)  Government has increased the mandatory blending ratio of unleaded petrol from 15 percent ethanol to 20 percent with immediate effect following a significant improvement in the supply of ethanol from Green Fuel. The move is likely to see a decrease in the pump price of the blend, which is

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel

(The Herald)  Fuel prices shot up recently before Government intervened by reducing import duty on fuel to stem the price madness that rose as a result. Questions have been raised as to the contribution of the multi-million dollar investment by Green Fuel in Chisumbanje and Middle Sabi into ensuring affordable fuel

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Zera Boss Grilled over ‘Favourable’ Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ethanol Price

by Veneranda Langa (News Day)  Legislators yesterday grilled Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive officer Gloria Magombo over the price of Billy Rautenberg’s Green Fuel ethanol, which is 11 cents more expensive than the ethanol being produced by Triangle Limited. The ethanol pricing issue came out during a sitting of

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Saves Zimbabwe $26,5 Million

by Kenneth Matimaire (The Financial Gazette)  Ethanol fuel blending saved the country an estimated $26,5 million in 2017, representing 2,65 percent of the import bill, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has revealed. Zimbabwe introduced mandatory fuel blending in 2011 in a bid to reduce its huge fuel import bill, which hovers

January 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) once specified a

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Susan van Dyk, Emile van Zyl, Brett Pletschke (International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39)  This short contribution provides some perspectives on opportunities for biofuel production on the African continent. Africa has a large land base, with only 27% of its arable land currently utilised. High level assessments, such as by the

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel’s $1bn Expansion Project On Hold

by Martin Kadzere (AllAfrica/The Herald)  Ethanol producer, Green Fuel has put on hold its $1 billion expansion programme as the current environment does not support the scale of investment, sources have said. The company, jointly owned by The Agricultural Development Authority and businessman Billy Rautenbach’s Madcom and Investment Rating had

September 22, 2017 Read Full Article

‘We Want Sweeter Ethanol Law’

by Tinashe Makichi (The Sunday Mail)  The Zimbabwe Energy Council will engage the Energy and Power Development Ministry over relaxation of legislation compelling investors to enter joint ventures with Government if they want ethanol production licences. The council is of the opinion that Statutory Instrument 17 of 2013 is an

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Zera Says Door Open for Ethanol Licences

by Tatira Zwinoira (News Day)  Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has said players who have the capacity to do mandatory blending should apply for licences, as the regulations were open for more players.  —  … Currently, only Green Fuels Private Limited and Triangle Limited have mandatory blending production licences in the country.

August 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by Botswana and Japan that shows quite a bit of promise for commercial production of jatropha

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Noic, Triangle in Ethanol Talks

(AllAfrica/The Herald)  The National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) is in discussions with Triangle Limited to form a joint venture company for the production of ethanol. This comes as Government recently liberalised ethanol production following perennial failure by Green Fuel to adequately supply the market particularly during wet seasons.

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Two Percent Bio-Diesel Blending before Year-End

(The ManicaPost)  Government is targeting two percent blending of bio-diesel extracted from the jatropha plant with imported diesel by year end through its parastatal, the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) as it moves towards easing the country’s huge fuel importation burden while it exploits locally available forms of energy, Post

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Govt Liberalises Ethanol Production

by Tinashe Makichi (The Herald/AllAfrica)  Government has liberalised local ethanol production as the country’s sole producer, Green Fuel has constantly failed to provide adequate supplies especially during the rainy season rains. The current inadequate supplies of ethanol from Green Fuel last week forced Government to revise downwards the mandatory blending

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Zim Fuel Prices Up

by Phillimon Mhlanga (All Africa)  Zimbabwe’s major fuel retailers have raised fuel prices by at least US$0,04 a litre due to a serious shortage of anhydrous ethanol in the country and a surge in international petroleum price, the Financial Gazette’s Companies & Markets (C&M) can report. Government directed petroleum players in

January 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Noic to Float $6m Ethanol Storage Tender

(All Africa)  The National Oil and Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe says it will soon float the tender for the construction of its 3 million litre-ethanol storage and handling facility in Harare.Chief executive Mr Wilfried Matukeni said the $6 million ethanol facility will be constructed at Mabvuku Depot and will significantly

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Green Fuel Sued for $1 million

by Charles Laiton (NewsDay)  The National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd (NOIC) has approached the High Court seeking to compel Billy Rautenbach’s Green Fuel ethanol plant to pay over $1 million storage and handling fees for a three-year period. In a matter filed on September 14 this year,

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Green Fuel Ramps up Production at Its Chisumbanje Site

by Ndakaziva Majaka (Nahanda Radio)  Green Fuel is moving to ramp up ethanol production at its Chisumbanje site through a hectarage increase exercise anticipated to see the group with about 13 000 hectares (ha) of land by year end, one of its shareholders has said. … “The main aim behind all

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

CAPRi Blog: Impact of Biofuel Induced Land Corruption on Women; The Case of Chisumbanje Ethanol Project

(Collective Action and Property Rights)  In this blog, Farai Mutondoro, Mary Jane Ncube, Manase Chiweshe and Derick Hamunakwadi discuss the impact of land corruption, particularly on women. The blog is informed by a case study of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Project in Zimbabwe. The discussion on women, land and corruption is

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel Technology Transferred to Zimbabwe

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Zimbabwe, technical capacity for biodiesel production from algae has been successfully transferred to Harare Polytecnic and the fuel has passed B100 quality standards. The university is using photoreactors to grow the algae for later processing. Algae is being promoted as a quicker and better

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Zim Sitting on 130 Tonnes of Jatropha Seed‘

by Xolisani Ncube (NewsDay)  Zimbabwe has stockpiled over 130 tonnes of jatropha seeds for biodiesel production, but cannot commercialise the product due to lack of funding to blend the fuel for public consumption, Parliament was told yesterday. … “We want to have a fuel station, the idea is to sell

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Moment of Truth for Pioneering Biofuel Project

by Mbongeni Mguni  (Mmegi Online)  A one-hectare plot containing 1,526 Jatropha trees bears the country’s hopes for greater energy diversity and the promise of an alternative revenue source for farmers. This week, Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI, finds that after four years of research in testing conditions, the wonder plant project has

February 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what? In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps that policymakers can take to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. The paper reinforces the recommendations

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

CNE and Sunbird to Develop Bioethanol Facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia

(Biofuels International)  China New Energy has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa for the development of two biorefineries, one each in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Memorandum of Undestanding (MOU) was signed at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 6th Ministerial Conference and Summit in Johannesburg, South

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Hippo Valley Gets Ethanol Producer Licence

by Bernard Mpofu (Zimbabwe Independent)  Government has extended Hippo Valley Estates’ ethanol production licence as the company targets an annual output of 41 million litres, sources close to the developments have said. Hippo, a unit of South Africa’s Tongaat Hullett, has resumed ethanol production following years of suspension due to declining

December 8, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biobased Projects Around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced biofuels continue to develop, and especially in the developing world. In this report, we

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Green Fuel Says It Lost $10 Million Worth of Ethanol after Zinwa Cut Water Supplies over $7.3 Million Debt

(The Insider/The Source)  Green Fuel says it has lost $10 million worth of ethanol and power after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) cut water supplies to its Chisumbanje ethanol plant for two months over a $7.3 million debt. ZINWA cut the water supplies to Green Fuel in March last

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

British Firm Partners Government to Set up $150mln Ethanol Plant

(The Source/New Zimbabwe)  … Sunbird Bioenergy has partnered government to set up a $150 million ethanol operation in Zimbabwe next year, an official has said.  The deal will see the establishment of an ethanol plant with capacity to produce up to 120 million litres of ethanol annually and generate 33 megawatts

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Hippo Valley Eyes Ethanol Fuel Market, Says in Talks with Regulator to Get Producers Licence

(New Zimbabwe)  Hippo Valley Estates, a unit of South Africa’s Tongaat Hulett, says it intends to break into the local ethanol fuel market and is engaged with the energy regulator to acquire the relevant licences. In 2013 the government introduced mandatory blending in a bid to contain the country’s ballooning

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe Seized White Farmers’ Land. Now Some Are Being Invited Back.

by Kevin Sief (The Washington Post)  In Zimbabwe, farmland has been a central issue in the African nation’s violent struggles over race. Fifteen years ago, the government began seizing property from thousands of white farmers and giving it to blacks as recompense for the abuses of colonial rule. But now, as

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: ‘Ethanol Monopoly Unhealthy for Industry’

(New Ziana/All Africa)  The absence of competition in the production of ethanol has created an unhealthy monopoly that has prevented costs of fuel from dropping after blending, a senior Government official has said. Energy and Power Development permanent secretary Pattison Mbiriri said with the passage of time the situation would

September 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Cassava Ethanol Plant on Cards

by Victoria Mtomba  (News Day)  Zimbabwe is set to have a cassava ethanol producing plant to boost ethanol output as the country moves to accelerate mandatory fuel blending. In an interview on Tuesday on the sidelines of the National Energy Efficiency Audit, Ministry of Energy and Power Development director for policy

July 31, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Biofuels – Zim Losing Billions

by Stephen Tsoroti (Financial Gazette/All Africa)  Hamstrung by debilitating liquidity challenges, Zimbabwe is missing the chance to improve its revenue position by neglecting the development of biofuels, a renewable energy expert has noted. Clement Shonhiwa, a renewable energy expert and consultant at the University of Zimbabwe, said the country stood to

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Workers and Cane Growers Strike in Zimbabwe as Green Fuel Fails to Pay

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Zimbabwe, more than 500 workers have gone on strike after going unpaid by Green Fuel for six months. Last week more than 100 cane farmers also went on strike for past dues. The plant has produced roughly 7 million liters of ethanol since October

May 13, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Govt Okays Ethanol Project

(AllAfrica)  The Zanu-PF leadership here has given the Zimbabwe Bio-Energy the green light to set up a US$500 million ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi in a development expected to help the province attain targets set under Zim-Asset. The proposed ethanol plant is expected to employ nearly 5 000

January 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Government Relaxes Fuel Blending Rules

(New Zimbabwe)  Government has further reduced the mandatory fuel blending with ethanol to 5% from 15% owing to low sugar cane supply. Mid this year government increased the mandatory blending level to 15% [E15] from 10%. In a statement this week Energy and Power Development minister Samuel Undenge said heavy

December 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Rautenbach's Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod

by Godfrey Mtimba (Daily News)  The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi. Zanu PF acting chairman Paradzai Chakona told a Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (Zuj) end of

December 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Zimbabwean Investor Keen to Launch $500 Million Ethanol Plant

(Biofuels International)  A Zimbabwean investor is looking to plough $500 million (€360 million) into an ethanol production plant in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, in Zambia. … (Luapula Province’s permanent secretary Chanda) Kasolo believes Zambia can save huge sums of money by using ethanol blended with petrol as fuel for vehicles and to

May 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel, Zinwa Seal Deal

by Daniel Nemukuyu (AllAfrica.com)  Macdom Investments, a sister company to Green Fuel, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority to ensure consistent raw water supply for sugarcane production in Chisumbanje. The sugar is for the Chisumbanje ethanol plant and Zinwa agreed to a five-year water supply

May 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Closed over $7m Debt

by Ray Bande (Manica Post)  Production of ethanol at the embattled Greenfuel Chisumbanje plant stopped after Zinwa disconnected water supplies owing to a $7,3 million debt. In a statement on Wednesday, Zinwa public relations manager Ms Majory Munyonga confirmed that her organisation had cut water supplies to Greenfuel. … Cde

March 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Another Ethanol Plant for Zimbabwe

by George Maponga (AllAfrica.com)  Zimbabwe Bio-Energy has announced plans to set up the country’s third ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi, where the firm wants thousands of locals to start sugarcane plantations using water from Tokwe-Mukosi Dam. Tokwe-Mukosi will be Zimbabwe’s largest inland dam when completed in August this

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) specified a

January 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel to Build Four New Ethanol Plants

(AllAfrica.com)  Green Fuel plans to set up four new ethanol plants and boost output to 1.5 billion litres annually by 2018, according to a company investment blueprint. Zimbabwe last week increased mandatory blending of fuel to 15 percent and plans to raise it to 20 percent by April next year,

December 10, 2013 Read Full Article

Government Imposes 15% (E15) Petrol Blending Despite Cabinet Resistance

(ZimEye.org)  The Zimbabwean government has increased the mandatory blending level of the controversial anhydrous ethanol with unleaded petrol from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15) with effect from the 30th of November 2013. The state media reports that the E15 mandatory blending came into effect on Saturday last week

December 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Firm to Build $500 Million Dam

(New Zimbabwe/The Source)  THE country’s sole ethanol producer Green Fuel on Wednesday said it plans to start construction of the $300 million Kondo Dam in 2015 after completing financial due diligence. Green Fuel general manager Graeme Smith told The Source that Kondo would become the biggest inland dam in Manicaland,

December 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant Boon for Business

(ZimbabweDemocracy.com) Following the re-opening of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant run by Green Fuel in the poverty-stricken Lowveld, major investments are taking place at Checheche Growth Point with several top banks, retail outlets and other big companies opening branches. A tour of the project this week showed Chisumbanje has sprung to life

October 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Government Raises Fuel Blending Ratio

by Kudakwashe Pembere  (The Herald)  Government has with immediate effect introduced E10 mandatory blending of anhydrous ethanol and unleaded petrol at levels of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent unleaded petrol. This is in line with its policy to promote the use of locally produced ethanol. The increase of fuel blending

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Clashes At Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant 'Politically Motivated'

by Tererai Karimakwenda (AllAfrica.com/SW Radio Africa (London))    New clashes between local villagers and the police in the Nyamukwakwa area of Manicaland have been attributed to activists within ZANU PF, who are allegedly instructing the police and officials at the Greenfuels Company to act against the community. According to Claris

September 9, 2013 Read Full Article

Greengold Ray Energies Responds To Increased World Jatropha Oil Demands: To Become One Of The Global Jatropha Feedstock Growers And Producers

(Virtual Strategy Magazine)  GreenGold Ray Energies, Inc. {GREENGOLD} is “Fueling the Future” on the brighter side of GREENGOLD the Company is looking forward to a solid and increased profitability by becoming one of the major Jatropha Feedstock growers and producers worldwide! GREENGOLD entered into a provisionary agreement with ECI Group,

August 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Zambia: Govt Resorts to Ethanol Fuel

by  Judith Namutowe (AllAfrica.com)   Government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia.   And Government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe-based firm, Green Fuel in its continued efforts to find cheaper sources of fuel for

May 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Community Level Production and Utilization of Jatropha Feedstock in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

by Enos Shumba, et al (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)  The bio-fuel debate has largely focused on large feedstock plantations that produce products for the export market. It has not acknowledged and seriously considered the existence of considerable small scale feedstock production that is targeted at uses other than large

May 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Reopens

by Tendai Mugabe (AllAfrica.com)  Green Fuel resumed operations at its ethanol plant here yesterday, raising prospects that the country could soon start the mandatory blending of fuel that has been on the cards for sometime. There was jubilation as workers who had become restive after being sent on forced leave

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant to Reopen — Mujuru

(News Day)  Acting President Joice Mujuru has assured villagers and other stakeholders that the closed Chisumbanje ethanol plant will be reopened next week. …The ethanol plant has not been operating since last year owing to fighting between villagers and plant owner Green Fuel, over among other issues, boundary disputes. The

March 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Workers Appeal to President

(AllAfrica.com)  Villagers and workers in Chisumbanje and surrounding areas want President Mugabe to intervene and save the US$600 million Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant from total collapse. The plant, owned by Green Fuel, had become the main source of livelihood for the villagers in the area and its closure has caused untold

March 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Chisumbanje Ethanol Project Set to Restart

(News Day)  The multimillion dollar ethanol project in Chisumbanje is set to re-open after villagers and the company agreed on a wide range of issues meant to avert social disaster in Chipinge. Agreed issues include the immediate release of farmers arrested recently over land dispute in Chinyamukwakwa area and the

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Chisumbanje Ethanol Set for Mandatory Blending

by Brian Chitemba  (The Independent)   The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project is set to resume production on Monday after the adoption of recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara. …After a series of visits and meetings, the cabinet committee finally agreed on an adoption of mandatory blending

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Villagers, Police Clash over Disputed Land

by Obey Manayiti (News Day)   Dozens of angry villagers last week fought running battles with Zimbabwe Republic Police officers over disputed land between villagers and Green Fuel in Chisumbanje. The clashes started last Monday, but turned nasty over the weekend after armed police stormed the disputed land in Chinyamukwakwa area

January 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Govt Urged to Empower Small Farmers in Biofuel Production

by Gerald Kitabu  (IPP Media)  The government of Tanzania has been urged to localise biofuel commercial production by empowering small farmers in terms of training, loans and marketing. The call was made by Tanzanian researchers and scientists during a recent visit to Zimbabwe where they saw for themselves how non-

December 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2012

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brazil, India, the US, China and the EU point the way towards a 60 billion gallon biofuels market by 2022 – but can the capacity be built, and can the mandates survive pressure from opponents? In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of

November 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have ranged from small, symbolic down-shifting of the targets to a zeroing out of mandates for

October 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje's Ethanol Can Transform People's Lives – Mangoma

(All Africa)  The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project, if properly managed has the potential of bringing about meaningful development that can change the lives of the people and turn around the fortunes of the country’s economy, Hon. Elton Mangoma has said. Hon. Mangoma who is the Minister of Energy and Power Development

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fuel Prices Explained

(Zimbabwe Independent) Green Fuel has dismissed claims by government that it has not furnished it with the cost structure into its wholesale price of E10. Senior officials of the company outlined its cost structure at a meeting between it, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), and the Inter Ministerial Pricing

May 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Chiefs Plan to Grab Ethanol Project

by Patrice Makova  (AllAfrica.com)   THE US$600 million Chisumbanje ethanol project is threatened with collapse as Zanu PF chiefs, including Cabinet ministers, demand free shares in the lucrative venture under the guise of indigenisation. Sources close to the project told The Standard last week that powerful people who include MPs,

March 13, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Get Country to Switch to Ethanol-Petrol Blend Fuel

(AllAfrica.com)  Most of the larger fuel companies have started selling the petrol-ethanol blend known as E10, a reference to the percentage of ethanol, amid hopes that Zimbabwe would soon be able to substitute 10 percent of its petrol imports with a home-grown fuel. There is even a serious marketing campaign

February 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Zesa Dithers Over Ethanol Plant

(AllAfrica.com)  …GreenFuel partnered Government in a US$600 million ethanol production project in Chisumbanje, currently with the capacity to produce 18MW, using bio-waste for ethanol manufacture. But there is no infrastructure to carry electricity from the ethanol plant onto the Zesa grid for distribution across the country. There is need for

November 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe Embarks on Eco Friendly Fuel Project

by Paul Nyakazeya  (The Independent)  Zimbabwe through Green Fuel has joined a growing list of world economies taking up the call to reduce carbon emission while enjoying local benefits of a homegrown solution to fuel independence. Green Fuel ethanol is produced locally from sugar cane grown in Chisumbanje. The ethanol

November 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Politicking Stalling Ethanol Project – Villagers

(AllAfrica.com/The Herald)  Traditional leaders have identified unnecessary politicking as a challenge to the successful completion of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant. The task-force chaired by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development secretary Mr Ngoni Masoka visited the project yesterday. In his submission to the Cabinet task-force at Chisumbanje, Chief Garahwa said lack

August 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Biofuels – a ‘Happy Accident’

(AllAfrica.com/The Herald)  Zimbabwe is trying to resurrect its biofuels energy sector after needlessly crucifying the ethanol project in the Lowveld 20 years ago. More than anything else, this has been a direct response to the country’s fuel crisis of 2003-2009 and an attempt to gain some energy independence. Zimbabwe, which

July 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Project Faces Collapse as RBZ Pulls Out

by Caiphas Chimhete   (The Standard)  After almost five years of on-and-off operations, Zimbabwe’s giant biodiesel plant faces prolonged closure after the central bank pulled out of the project. Launched amid pomp and fanfare, the project was touted as the panacea to the country’s fuel crisis.   The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

June 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Gaddafi’s Son May Revive Triangle Ethanol in Zimbabwe

(Nehanda Radio)  …Zimbabwe Reporter said Al-Saadi Al-Gaddafi was negotiating with Zimbabwean officials on the feasibility of establishing an ethanol-powered fuel plant in the country’s Masvingo Province. …The sugar was previously produced by Triangle Limited…  READ MORE

August 25, 2010 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Chiefs Embrace Ethanol Project

by Lorraine Mandebvu  (All Africa)  Traditional leaders have embraced the US$600 million Chisumbanje ethanol project which they believe will bring much-needed development to the area. Speaking at a meeting of traditional leaders with Arda officials last weekend, Chief Tobias Hliziyo Garawa said the community had already started benefiting from joint venture between

June 29, 2010 Read Full Article

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