In Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe opened a new four million pound Sterling (8.5 million US dollar) ethanol plant on Friday (12 September).
GV PAN Ethanol plant.
SV Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe looking at plant with officials.
GV Plant installations. (4 SHOTS)
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SCU Mugabe speaking in English.
GV Plant installation.
SV Mugabe unveiling plaque.
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MUGABE: "Our resources must be exploited in the interests of our people and our country. Planning in private enterprise must not be on the basis of cheap and therefore, exploited labour, but on the bases on which the role of the worker in industry is fully recognised."
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Background: In Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe opened a new four million pound Sterling (8.5 million US dollar) ethanol plant on Friday (12 September). The plant which was completed within a year, is expected to help reduce Zimbabwe's dependence on imported fuels, as well as reduce its foreign exchange expenditure.
SYNOPSIS: The importance placed on ethane production by the government is underlined by the fact that another two plants are being seriously considered, and the official opening of this plant was delayed so that Prime Minister Robert Mugabe could attend in person.
The plant is already producing high quality ethanol at the rate of about 120,000 litres (25,400 gallons) per day, which can be used as an additive to petrol. The result is expected to be a twenty percent saving on Zimbabwe's petroleum imports and the creation of thousands of jobs in the Lowveld area. But as Mr. Mugabe stressed, this would not be on the basis of cheap labour.
The plant which stands about 100 feet (30.4 meters) high was designed by German consultants but built with local labour ad materials. The installation is well integrated with a nearby sugar mill, using its feed stock molasses - a sugar by-product -- to recover its sugar content and relying on the sugar mill for its steam and electric power supply.
Zimbabwe is among the most advanced countries in instituting a fuel alcohol programme. Blend petrol composed of 84 percent regular petrol, 15 percent ethanol and one percent benzol will soon be on sale throughout the country. According to the experts, the motorists should experience no change in fuel consumption and after minor retuning of engines there should be no noticeable difference in vehicle performance.