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A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel
February 19, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zera Boss Grilled over ‘Favourable’ Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ethanol Price
January 24, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

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 …

Ethanol Saves Zimbabwe $26,5 Million
January 23, 2018 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018
January 2, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

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 …

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa
December 22, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel’s $1bn Expansion Project On Hold
September 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

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 …

‘We Want Sweeter Ethanol Law’
September 12, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zera Says Door Open for Ethanol Licences
August 30, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

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 …

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?
July 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Noic, Triangle in Ethanol Talks
April 12, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(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 …

Two Percent Bio-Diesel Blending before Year-End
March 28, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zimbabwe: Govt Liberalises Ethanol Production
March 13, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Zim Fuel Prices Up
January 19, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Noic to Float $6m Ethanol Storage Tender
November 9, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(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 …

Green Fuel Sued for $1 million
October 14, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

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 …

Green Fuel Ramps up Production at Its Chisumbanje Site
September 23, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

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 …

CAPRi Blog: Impact of Biofuel Induced Land Corruption on Women; The Case of Chisumbanje Ethanol Project
August 17, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Algae Biofuel Technology Transferred to Zimbabwe
July 1, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

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 …

‘Zim Sitting on 130 Tonnes of Jatropha Seed‘
June 22, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

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 …

Moment of Truth for Pioneering Biofuel Project
February 9, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

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, …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

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 …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

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 …

CNE and Sunbird to Develop Bioethanol Facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia
December 10, 2015 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Hippo Valley Gets Ethanol Producer Licence
December 8, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

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 …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

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 …

Green Fuel Says It Lost $10 Million Worth of Ethanol after Zinwa Cut Water Supplies over $7.3 Million Debt
October 27, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(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 …

British Firm Partners Government to Set up $150mln Ethanol Plant
October 20, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Hippo Valley Eyes Ethanol Fuel Market, Says in Talks with Regulator to Get Producers Licence
September 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zimbabwe Seized White Farmers’ Land. Now Some Are Being Invited Back.
September 15, 2015 – 10:49 am | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: ‘Ethanol Monopoly Unhealthy for Industry’
September 11, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Cassava Ethanol Plant on Cards
July 31, 2015 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Biofuels – Zim Losing Billions
June 30, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

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 …

Workers and Cane Growers Strike in Zimbabwe as Green Fuel Fails to Pay
May 13, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Govt Okays Ethanol Project
January 15, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

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 …

Government Relaxes Fuel Blending Rules
December 31, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Rautenbach’s Mwenezi Ethanol Project Gets Nod
December 17, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwean Investor Keen to Launch $500 Million Ethanol Plant
May 13, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel, Zinwa Seal Deal
May 7, 2014 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Nemukuyu (  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 …

Ethanol Plant Closed over $7m Debt
March 25, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Another Ethanol Plant for Zimbabwe
March 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by George Maponga (  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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel to Build Four New Ethanol Plants
December 10, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(  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 …

Government Imposes 15% (E15) Petrol Blending Despite Cabinet Resistance
December 4, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(  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 …

Ethanol Firm to Build $500 Million Dam
December 4, 2013 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(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 …

Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant Boon for Business
October 28, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

( 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 …

Government Raises Fuel Blending Ratio
October 25, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Clashes At Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant ‘Politically Motivated’
September 9, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Tererai Karimakwenda ( 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 …

Greengold Ray Energies Responds To Increased World Jatropha Oil Demands: To Become One Of The Global Jatropha Feedstock Growers And Producers
August 7, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zambia: Govt Resorts to Ethanol Fuel
May 28, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by  Judith Namutowe (   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 …

Community Level Production and Utilization of Jatropha Feedstock in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
May 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Reopens
March 28, 2013 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Tendai Mugabe (  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 …

Ethanol Plant to Reopen — Mujuru
March 21, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Workers Appeal to President
March 13, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(  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 …

Chisumbanje Ethanol Project Set to Restart
January 23, 2013 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Chisumbanje Ethanol Set for Mandatory Blending
January 11, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

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 …

Villagers, Police Clash over Disputed Land
January 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

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 …

Govt Urged to Empower Small Farmers in Biofuel Production
December 27, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2012
November 28, 2012 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

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 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje’s Ethanol Can Transform People’s Lives – Mangoma
October 15, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(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. …

Ethanol Fuel Prices Explained
May 24, 2012 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Chiefs Plan to Grab Ethanol Project
March 13, 2012 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Patrice Makova  (   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 …

Zimbabwe: Get Country to Switch to Ethanol-Petrol Blend Fuel
February 20, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(  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 …

Zimbabwe: Zesa Dithers Over Ethanol Plant
November 29, 2011 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(  …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 …

Zimbabwe Embarks on Eco Friendly Fuel Project
November 18, 2011 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

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 …

Zimbabwe: Politicking Stalling Ethanol Project – Villagers
August 23, 2011 – 6:46 am | No Comment

( 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 …

Zimbabwe: Biofuels – a ‘Happy Accident’
July 19, 2011 – 7:40 am | No Comment

( 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 …

Biodiesel Project Faces Collapse as RBZ Pulls Out
June 20, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

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 …

Gaddafi’s Son May Revive Triangle Ethanol in Zimbabwe
August 25, 2010 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(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

Zimbabwe: Chiefs Embrace Ethanol Project
June 29, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

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 …