Fuel dealers flout blending rules: Zera

HARARE - At least 16 fuel dealers have been apprehended for selling unleaded petrol,  according to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera).

The move violates Section 3 of Petroleum Regulations contained under Statutory Instrument 17 of 2013 that imposes mandatory blending on all petrol dealers.

“We have had 16 cases which we have unearthed of people who are selling unleaded petrol without blending,” Zera’s technical director Herbert Mataruka said.

“Offenders that we caught were mainly prosecuted but most of them were lucky because we had not started implementing the confiscation.”

He said there were six cases of diesel which was adulterated with paraffin and sold for a song.

“Experience has also shown that some of the products with very low prices are a bit questionable,” Mataruka said.

Efforts to get a list of the offenders were futile as Zera said some of the cases were still pending before the courts of law.

This comes as the energy sector regulator says it is ready to licence new ethanol producers to avoid dependency on a single supplier, Green Fuel (GF).

Gloria Magombo, Zera’s chief executive, last month said they were “prepared to license other prospective producers provided they meet the conditions.”

“It is always good to have more suppliers in the country to remove dependency on single supply of ethanol. As such the door is open to other investors to do so,” she said.

At the beginning the year, GF’s ethanol stocks diminished resulting in government backtracking on its December 2013, decision to revise upwards its mandatory ethanol blending levels to E15 from E10.

Government has since pegged the mandatory blending levels to E15 following a key decision in June this year.

Under the country’s mandatory blending policy, only GF is licensed to trade the commodity for petrol blending purposes.

Zimbabwe requires about 80 million litres of ethanol annually.

 

Comments (4)

Haiwawo hapana nyaya apa. Ndanga ndichifunga kuti vari kutengesa E50, Unleaded ndiyo yatinoda kwete zvekuurayirwa mota dzedu nema E-Nonsense

Muchemwa - 27 November 2014

In other countries the price of fuel is actually going down. In Zimbabwe the authorities put in place legislation which forces consumers to access fuel which damages vehicles in the long run. Why not give people the opportunity to choose whether to buy unleaded or ethanol whatever blend. Your time is running out.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 28 November 2014

ZERA yacho does not even test the fuel so just stick an advert to say E10 only at this service station and tell your loyal customers the truth

Garikayi - 28 November 2014

How does a govt enact a policy that protects one supplier...if one wants to import the appropriate % of ethanol is there anything wrong. ZANU protecting one British businessman fronting for Mugabe. Tinozviziva vaMugabe...stupid leader

Garikayi - 28 November 2014

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