Green Fuel needs $2bn to complete ethanol plants

via ‘Green Fuel needs $2bn to complete ethanol plants’ – DailyNews Live by Bernard Chiketo  31 MARCH 2014

Bio-fuel firm Green Fuel requires a whopping $1,8 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) to complete the construction of four ethanol plants under its investment blueprint, the Daily News can reveal.

The first phase resulted in the construction of the Chisumbanje ethanol plant at the cost of $200 million.

Green Fuel is now looking at the construction of Condo Dam at the cost of $300m to broaden their source of irrigation water expected to increase following the roll out exercise of the remaining phases.

The company is currently taping its irrigation water supplies from Osborne Dam and Lesapi Dam more than 200km away from their site.

According to the investment blueprint document, the second phase — already in motion — attracts $260m while $450m and $1 billion will be injected for the third and final phase, respectively.

The ethanol project was established in 2008 under a partnership between the state-owned Agriculture Rural Development Association (Arda) and private companies, Macdom and Rating Investment.

Arda board chairperson  Basil Nyabadza revealed that the total investment would attract more than $1,8 billion.

“The total investment of Chisumbanje ethanol plant will be over $1,8 billion dollars but under various phases. Plans are already there. We only have to finalise the terms of the money, the financing because it’s going to be done under foreign direct investment (FDI),” said Nyabadza.

He added; “The Green Fuel, Arda project is not an event, it’s a process. It has got four phases. We have just completed phase one, which started in 2008. Phase two started this year and the entire project will run up to Phase four.”

The Chisumbanje ethanol plant, expansion exercise runs up to 2020. It will trigger a sharp increase in the volume of ethanol produced, employment creation, power generation, irrigation scheme and mandatory blending ratio.

Ethanol production will increase from 120 million litres per annum to 450 litres thereby pushing the blending ratio to E20 from the current adopted E10.

The power generation will further rise from 18 megawatts to 86MW while employment creation will increase from the current 5 500 to 35 000.

Most importantly, the government will save $12m every month from the fuel importation bill from the current $4m.

The government will also be in a position to export anhydrous ethanol by then and generate up to $20m from export sales.

Moreover, 18 000 families will be feeding from the 4 500ha expected to go under irrigation, which is a sharp increase from the current 4 000 families utilising 1 000ha under irrigation.

Nyabadza said the Chisumbanje ethanol project has huge benefits for the communities and government at large.

“The Chisumbanje ethanol project is the best developmental project in the country at the moment. I understand that it might not be perfect but we should also understand that it is not an event, it’s a process, which will be perfected as time progresses,” he said.



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    John Thomas 10 years ago

    What about me. I do not want to buy petrol with ethanol in it. It is a substandard product. Why can I not buy the fuel of my choice with my money that I have worked to earn? All these dubious types who are involved in this scheme lead me to be certain that whoever’s a interests are being taken care of here they are not mine or those of the general citizenry. This is simply another ZANU ripoff.

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    roving ambassador. 10 years ago

    Give me jatropa. Zanu trying to bury corruption scandals.

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    Littledorrit 10 years ago

    Agree with John Thomas. Do not force your rubbish on the public. No saving anyway just another captive market.

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    Mlimo 10 years ago

    Whose going to supply the FDI no fools that I know of this is another pipe dream of zanupf who need the money to further enrich themselves

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    Parangeta 10 years ago

    Billy Reutenbach is laughing up his sleeve at this fool of a president.

    He got the initial Green Fuel contract and now the money’s run out.
    He got paid and now he’s just waiting for the ‘begging bowl’ proceeds.

    He has nothing to lose, he’s first in line for that $1.8 billion!

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    George 10 years ago

    Ethanol is used as a fuel blend in many countries. The first plant in what is now Zimbabwe was set up around 1975. Malawi followed with a plant at Dwangwa. The short term problem with ethanol is that it is a scouring agent and any rust in the tank or fuel line ends up in the fuel filter so that needs to be cleaned after the first few tankfuls of ethanol. I note lots of negative comments but where would Zim find the forex to run on 100% imported fuel

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    Che'guevara 10 years ago

    I second you on this one George. Our analysis should not always be blinded by emotions. I feel this is one of the few ZPF projects that have fared though not very well but can be perfected for the benefit of the citizenry.