E10 way to go

HARARE - Fuel pumps around Zimbabwe have recently begun to feature a new E10 sticker, albeit one less shocking than the bottom line of your receipt.

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) recently rewrote the rules defining allowable fuel mixtures, opening the door for producers to blend in a minimum of 10 percent ethanol.

The use of ethanol has slashed the import bill by $3 million, which has brought us a step closer to energy independence and provided a renewable energy source  — sugarcane-based ethanol.

Zimbabwe can easily become a global leader in the production and use of sugarcane-based ethanol or ethyl alcohol, a fuel additive that reduces the country’s petroleum consumption. Just two months after okaying mandatory blending, the community in Chisumbanje is already reaping the benefits of this project through community-based development, including sinking of boreholes, irrigation for horticulture concerns and so on.

By the way, Zimbabwe has been blending fuel since the 70s. After the first global energy crisis in 1973, government introduced its ethanol initiative to decrease dependence on world energy supplies.
At its height in the mid-1980s, more than three quarters of the cars in Zimbabwe each year ran on ethanol produced at the sugar plant in Triangle.

However, the 1992 drought saw a decline in the supply of sugar-based fuel and the sale of ethanol-powered cars dropped drastically.

The relaunch of mandatory blending two months ago, has helped re-ignite ethanol production in Zimbabwe.

Today, almost all cars in the country are using mandatory blend fuel.

At the same time, ethanol production efficiency is increasing, with production expected to top 250 000 litres per day by year-end from the current 200 000.

This wave of ethanol fuel production and consumption in the Zimbabwean market has  seen the use of anhydrous ethanol start to rise and must be supported by all.

The consumption of hydrous ethanol will no doubt grow steadily.

There is no doubt that all this will cause positive balance of trade and production. Rising ethanol demand in global markets could drive the growth of Zimbabwe’s sugar/ethanol complex with new investments in infrastructure and technology.

The recent rise in crude oil prices, paired with a global effort for renewable energy development and a growing domestic demand for ethanol have been the key factors that should drive the expansion of Zimbabwe’s sugar and ethanol industries.

As ethanol in Zimbabwe is made from sugarcane, sugar industry developments are now increasingly linked to policy initiatives in ethanol markets.

Sugar represents a particularly important component of Zimbabwe’s economy, with the sugar/ethanol industry having potential to contribute significantly to the national GDP.

Comments (2)

This is what expert say about this fuel which is being imposed on us "ETHANOL DOS AND DON'TS • Replace pre-1985 fiberglass tanks. • Replace fuel lines, o-rings and gaskets that aren't built for ethanol. • Inspect hose clamps and metal fittings in the fuel system for corrosion. • Refill the fuel tank often to reduce airspace in the tank, which reduces water condensation. • Install a fuel line water separator to eliminate water that collects in the tank. • Use fuel additives to stop fuel from aging and oxidizing. • Use de-emulsifying or hydrophobic additives to prevent water from homogenizing with fuel. Never use a fuel additive that emulsifies water. Never buy fuel that isn't clear and bright. Do not use E10 contaminated with water without a combustion-enhancing additive. Do not leave a near-empty fuel tank sitting for long periods of time." Saka hazvishamisi kuona tank rako rabooka.

Maita Manyuka - 3 December 2013

So says 'Big oil' sympathizers in the face of the threat of their falling revenue as some of the oil they would have normally sold is being replaced by a local product (ethanol). Your country is broke so live with (and build upon) what you have instead of what the other guy tells you, much to his benefit.

Roland - 4 December 2013

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