Rautenbach Fuel Rejected

Nissan has rejected the use of fuel blends with more than 10 percent ethanol, creating new problems for millionaire tycoon Billy Rautenbach, joint owner of the country’s only authorised ethanol supplier Green Fuel.
“Nissan vehicles are designed to take a maximum 10% ethanol-blended gasoline only. Any use of ethanol blend higher than 10% will render all Nissan products’ fuel systems unwarrantable,” Nissan said in a statement.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) recently directed fuel distributors to immediately blend at a rate of 15 percent ethanol or face prosecution. Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire said this would be increased to 20 percent ethanol by April 2014.
According to a government circular, all the ethanol for blending must be sourced from its Green Fuel joint venture with Rautenbach. The previous MDC minister, Elton Mangoma refused to allow Green Fuel ethanol blend on the Zimbabwean market because of safety and insurance concerns.

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