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Mugabe to make E20 petrol blend mandatory

2013-09-18 09:03

Harare - Zimbabwe is working on introducing mandatory blending of petrol to the levels of E20 (a mixture of 80% petrol and 20% anhydrous ethanol), President Robert Mugabe has said.

Speaking at the official opening of the eighth parliament of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, Mugabe said plans are afoot to introduce mandatory blending of E20.

“Such a move will ensure fuel efficiency and, more importantly, the project will trigger incremental job creation,” said the president.

He added that the move would also guarantee decent livelihoods for local communities and other citizens.

Zimbabwe has already implemented mandatory blending of E5, while E85 is being sold but is not mandatory.

Last week Green Fuel, Zimbabwe’s ethanol-producing company, was reported to be pleading with the government to consider introducing at least 20% mandatory ethanol-petrol blending to maximise national benefits from the US$600m investment at Chisumbanje, and in the process guarantee viability of ethanol production.

The ethanol plant has the capacity to process 374 000 litres of ethanol daily, yet it is selling between 60 000 and 70 000 litres a day, leaving surplus ethanol accumulating at an average rate of 300 000 litres daily.

According to a report by the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research, fuel pumps showed significantly less wear when tested with E20 than with petrol.

The study concluded that overall, E20 did not have any greater negative effects than petrol or E10 on the fuel pumps tested. It also showed there were no substantial differences in the performance of the sending units tested in the three different fuels.

 - Fin24

Comments
  • Mouteng Wilfred Moraba - 2013-09-18 09:38

    Ride on ZIM,ride on.Rise Zim RISE BOKGALAKA

  • Murray Juana - 2013-09-18 09:54

    so Green Fuel is pleading with him (paying him millions of Dollars-US) because they know they will be making billions!

      Bee Mutsiwa - 2013-09-19 19:48

      Diff view if it was a white man with billions ?

  • Clint Skinner - 2013-09-18 09:59

    And what about things that can only run on unleaded like BOATS?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-09-18 10:17

      Paddles :0

      ChrisnSally Rose - 2013-09-18 11:44

      Boats are for the borgouise, rich boy .....heheheh. Just stirring!

  • Louis Van Den Elst - 2013-09-18 10:50

    Bod have you considered the older cars will they be able to function normally after consistent usage I think E 20 is only beneficial for newer cars check it out

      Bee Mutsiwa - 2013-09-19 19:45

      And wen was the last time you have bin in Zim you still talkg of old cars? Maybe nvr bin there. Lol Your hatred for Learned Mugabe is eroding your mind, you nt even aware of wat you say

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  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-09-18 11:50

    Everything this senile fool mugaab touches turns to crap

      Kelvin Mazanza - 2013-09-18 13:32

      one reason why u call him foo?

      Bee Mutsiwa - 2013-09-19 19:41

      And everything you say is crap, have bin reading your comments previously all insults. You have no brains cld nt raise nt even one point only insults Bear this truth in mind hate Mugabe or like him He does not care he is still the President and we still gonna vote for him Problem with that call me, I think you nid few lessons or you can enrol at one of the primary sxools in Zim maybe that will help I dnt know where to start with you. ....you so clueless

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-09-18 17:50

    Great Zimbabwe, leading the way. The untold story is that GreenFuel is getting sugarcane from the new farmers who uprooted some alien invasive species.

  • Mouteng Wilfred Moraba - 2013-09-18 20:08

    This message is dedicated to the Zimbabweans , apart frm the heading here,I juzt want to congratulate Zimbabweans for being firm and patient on their crisis in economy and political instability.Today I heard on the Radio that EU eased the sanctions on one of Zimbabwean Diamond mine , this showed that it is a prelude.I am proud of you Zim,you brought the mighty American's mission to a standstill

      Bee Mutsiwa - 2013-09-19 19:34

      Thank thank thank for the comment brother!! and all thanks to the strong ,aged, learned my President Mugabe.

  • James N Catherine Coackley - 2013-09-19 09:31

    Ethanol is made from corn and the people in Zim are starving....keep up the good work Bob!

      Samuel Chari - 2013-09-19 10:32

      You need to enrol at some school.Try your luck at some Zimbabwean schools, they are the best on the continent

      Bee Mutsiwa - 2013-09-19 19:32

      So want us to feed them with cakes?

      Innocent Mutasa - 2013-09-20 12:45

      Mr James ethanol in Zimbabawe is made from sugar cane and not from maize or corn , ther is a ethanol plant in chisumbanje i think that makes ethanol from sugar cane so they will not be using maize to make ethanol sir .

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