Government has resuscitated the blending of petrol with ethanol in a move aimed at improving the security of fuel supplies in the country as well as mitigating the impact of rising fuel prices on the international market among other measures.
The re-introduction of petrol blending with ethanol is part of the policy objectives of the petroleum sub sector planned in the Medium Term Plan.
The development follows a government decision made in 2008 to develop bio-fuels to satisfy local blending requirements.
Addressing the media in Harare, Acting Minister of Energy and Power Development, Professor Heneri Dzinotyiwei said the concept of blending petrol had been suspended in 1992 due to the lack of ethanol but has been resuscitated as the Chisumbanje plant can now produce enough ethanol.
Professor Dzinotyiwei said the ethanol shall be tested on site by the Zimbabwe Energy and Regulatory Authority to ensure that quality meets international standards, while guidelines adopted before 1992 will be used to regulate producers and distributors of ethanol.
The initial blending ratio will be 10 percent of ethanol to 90 percent petrol which will be reviewed later on.
Blending fuel creates cleaner combustion thereby mitigating climate change.
Several countries such as Brazil and USA, among others, have been using ethanol as a fuel for a long time.