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Zimbabwe resumes ethanol production

A sugar producer in Zimbabwe said Monday it had resumed production of ethanol to blend with petrol to help cut soaring fuel costs.

Triangle Limited, one of the country’s biggest sugar producers, said it had refurbished a disused ethanol plant and resumed production, which was stopped in 1992 because of cheap fuel then.

It said ethanol production had resumed, but was still at the trial stage at the moment.

“Production started some few weeks ago but levels are still low as we are only producing ethanol for trials. If the trials succeed, we will increase production,” an official at Triangle Limited said.

Blended fuel is cheaper than its un-blended counterpart, and is in wide use in many countries, including Argentina, Brazil and the United States.

Soaring fuel costs, among other factors, have prompted Triangle Limited to re-launch its ethanol production unit.


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