Mandatory fuel blending ratio up 

Mandatory fuel blending ratio up 

Source: Mandatory fuel blending ratio up | The Herald June 16, 2018

Mandatory fuel blending ratio upMinister Khaya Moyo

Herald Reporter
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 pegged at around $1,44 per litre, depending on location. Energy and Power Development Minister Simon Khaya Moyo announced the new ratios in a Government Gazette published yesterday.

“It is hereby notified, in terms of section 4 of the Petroleum (Mandatory Blending of Anhydrous Ethanol with Unleaded Petrol) (Amendment Regulations, 2014, Statutory Instrument 81 of 2014, published in the Government Gazette, that the Minister of Energy and Power Development approves the current level of mandatory blending to twenty per centum,” reads the regulations.

“The consequence of this approval is that all licensed operators shall from the date of publication of the General Notice be mandated to sell unleaded petrol blended at E20.”

The blending ratio of petrol had been reduced due to low sugar cane supplies from Green Fuel, which is the country’s sole ethanol supplier. This was after the company faced challenges in harvesting the cane due to water clogging.

Green Fuel is a joint venture between the Government through the Agricultural Rural Development Authority and two private investors Macdom and Rating. Zimbabwe obtains ethanol from a $600 million sugar plant constructed by Greenfuel in the southeast of the country, which has capacity to produce 250 000 litres of ethanol a day.

Between December and April, sugar cane harvesting is halted to enable plant maintenance, leading to a break in the production of ethanol.

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    Mixed Race 4 years ago

    Minister Moyo is ill-advised by his useless staff to damage all petroleum vehicles in the country.The current petrol vehicles within the country are designed to use only E5,therefore the increase to E20 is stupid and disastrous to all petrol vehicles.Our petrol vehicles are not Brazilian designed which are meant to fire on pure ethanol.
    This government is just after generating income from the poor motorists whilst it is damaging their cars.The time has come to vote Zanu-pf out of power because it is there to impoverish the masses.They do this because all their modern cars are diesel types.How would they react if the diesel was deliberately contaminated with this same ethanol at their pumps?????? Who wants to access the so-called cheap fuel when the damage to the engine is worth more than 100% of the bad fuel used? It is a lie to say our fuel will be cheaper because we are already being charged extraordinarily very high price compared to neighbouring countries who sell E5 Oor pure petrol.